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pheno- +‎ -type. (Date to be specified). From Ancient Greek φαίνω (phaínō, to shine, to show, to appear) and Ancient Greek τύπος (túpos, mark, type).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfiː.nə(ʊ)ˌtaɪp/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈfiː.nəˌtaɪp/, /ˈfiː.noʊˌtaɪp/


phenotype (plural phenotypes)

  1. (genetics, evolutionary theory) The appearance of an organism based on a multifactorial combination of genetic traits and environmental factors, especially used in pedigrees.
  2. (genetics, evolutionary theory) Any observable characteristic of an organism, such as its morphological, developmental, biochemical or physiological properties, or its behavior.

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phenotype (third-person singular simple present phenotypes, present participle phenotyping, simple past and past participle phenotyped)

  1. To evaluate or classify based on phenotype
    • 2000, T. Kubota et al., “Frequencies of CYP2D6 mutant alleles in a normal Japanese population and metabolic activity of dextromethorphan O-demethylation in different CYP2D6 genotypes”, in British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology[1], volume 50, number 1:
      One hundred and sixty-two unrelated healthy Japanese subjects were genotyped with the polymerase chain reaction amplification method and 35 subjects were phenotyped with dextromethorphan.

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