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RECESSIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does recessive mean? 

RECESSIVE (noun)
  The noun RECESSIVE has 1 sense:

1. an allele that produces its characteristic phenotype only when its paired allele is identical

  Familiarity information: RECESSIVE used as a noun is very rare.


RECESSIVE (adjective)
  The adjective RECESSIVE has 2 senses:

1. of or pertaining to a recession
2. (of genes) producing its characteristic phenotype only when its allele is identical

  Familiarity information: RECESSIVE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


RECESSIVE (noun)


Sense 1recessive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An allele that produces its characteristic phenotype only when its paired allele is identical

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

recessive; recessive allele

Hypernyms ("recessive" is a kind of...):

allele; allelomorph (either of a pair (or series) of alternative forms of a gene that can occupy the same locus on a particular chromosome and that control the same character)


RECESSIVE (adjective)


Sense 1recessive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or pertaining to a recession

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

recessionary; recessive

Pertainym:

recession (the state of the economy declines; a widespread decline in the GDP and employment and trade lasting from six months to a year)


Sense 2recessive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of genes) producing its characteristic phenotype only when its allele is identical

Domain category:

genetic science; genetics (the branch of biology that studies heredity and variation in organisms)

Antonym:

dominant ((of genes) producing the same phenotype whether its allele is identical or dissimilar)


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