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Meaning of POLYGENIC DISORDER

 
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 Definition: 
[n]  an inherited disease controlled by several genes at once
 
 Synonyms: polygenic disease
 
 See Also: congenital disease, diabetes, genetic abnormality, genetic defect, genetic disease, genetic disorder, hereditary condition, hereditary disease, inherited disease, inherited disorder

 

 

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 Definition: Genetic disorder resulting from the combined action of alleles of more than one gene (e.g., heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers). Although such disorders are inherited, they depend on the simultaneous presence of several alleles; thus the hereditary patterns usually are more complex than those of single-gene disorders.
 

 

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