noun, plural: homozygotes

A nucleus, cell or organism where the alleles for a particular gene on each chromosome are identical.


Homozygotes are true breeding organisms since the trait in question can be held constant as they produce the same phenotypic result.

Word origin: Greek ‘homo’ meaning ‘same’ + zygote.
Related forms: homozygous (adjective)

Compare: heterozygote
See also: zygosity

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