Genetics an environmentally induced change in an organism that is similar to a mutation but is nonhereditary
Origin of phenocopypheno(type) + copy
- An environmentally induced, nonhereditary trait in an organism that closely resembles a genetically determined trait, especially a mutation.
- An individual exhibiting such a trait.
Origin of phenocopypheno(type) copy
(third-person singular simple present phenocopies, present participle phenocopying, simple past and past participle phenocopied)
- (genetics) To copy a genetic variation through environmental manipulation
pheno- +"Ž copy