dauermodification

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Dauer + English modification.

Noun[edit]

dauermodification (plural dauermodifications)

  1. The persistence of an abnormal characteristic – generally an environmentally induced trait – over several generations of the organism. Such characteristics are inherited through the cytoplasm and tend to disappear after a few generations.
    • 1979 April 12, J. C. Sanford and R. E. Hanneman, “Reciprocal differences in the photoperiod reaction of hybrid populations in Solanum tuberosum”, in American Journal of Potato Research[1]:
      Cytoplasmic inheritance or dauermodification are considered the most likely explanations for this difference in photoperiod reaction.

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