pheno- + copy
phenocopy (plural phenocopies)
- (genetics) A variation in an organism that resembles a genetic one, but has an environmental rather than a genetic cause, and is not inherited
phenocopy (third-person singular simple present phenocopies, present participle phenocopying, simple past and past participle phenocopied)
- (genetics) To copy a genetic variation through environmental manipulation
1990, David de Pomerai, From Gene to Animal, ISBN 0521388562, page 275:
- The wg- mutant can be phenocopied by injecting antisense RNA (complementary to the 3 kb wg+ transcript) into wild-type embryos.