- The definition of alleles are pairs or series of genes on a chromosome that determine the hereditary characteristics.
An example of an allele is the gene that determines hair color.
allele definition by Webster's New World
Origin: German allel ; from Classical Greek allēlōn, of one another
allele definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: German Allel, short for Allelomorph, allelomorph, from English allelomorph.
- al·leˈlic adjective
- al·leˈlism noun
allele - Cultural Definition
The sequence of nucleotides on a DNA molecule that constitutes the form of a gene at a specific spot or a chromosome. There can be several variations of this sequence, and each of these is called an allele. In the case of the gene for eye color, for example, one allele codes for blue eyes, whereas the other may code for brown eyes.
allele - Medical Definition
- allelic adjective
allele - Science Definition