- tending to go, move, or slant back; receding.
- Genetics. of or relating to a recessive.
- Phonetics. (of an accent) showing a tendency to recede from the end toward the beginning of a word.
- that one of a pair of alternative alleles whose effect is masked by the activity of the second when both are present in the same cell or organism.
- the trait or character determined by such an allele.Compare dominant(def 6).
- tending to recede or go back; receding
- (of a gene) capable of producing its characteristic phenotype in the organism only when its allele is identical
- (of a character) controlled by such a geneCompare dominant (def. 4)
- linguistics (of stress) tending to be placed on or near the initial syllable of a polysyllabic word
- a recessive gene or character
- an organism having such a gene or character
- Tending to go backward or recede.
- Of, relating to, or being an allele that does not produce a characteristic effect when present with a dominant allele.
- Of, relating to, or being a trait expressed only when the determining allele is present in the homozygous condition.
- A recessive allele or trait.
- An organism having a recessive trait.
- Relating to the form of a gene that is not expressed as a trait in an individual unless two such genes are inherited, one from each parent. In an organism having two different genes for a trait, the recessive form is overpowered by its counterpart, or dominant, form located on the other of a pair of chromosomes. In humans, lack of dimples is a recessive trait, while the presence of dimples is dominant. See more at carrier inheritance. Compare dominant.