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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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Having a tendency to go back. Also: In genetics, a pair of hereditary factors that remain hidden or dormant.

Usage examples (35)
  • Characteristics that result from a recessive trait include blue eyes and blond hair.
  • (nonadditive) gene actions as well as the closely associated term recessive gene action.
  • Fallyn McNamara, 6, of West Hempfield has a rare skin disorder known as recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB).
  • Most of these genes are recessive, meaning the offspring need a pair to actually show the trait. for more
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