Drosophila(redirected from Drosophilist)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
Drosophila/Dro·soph·i·la/ (dro-sof´il-ah) a genus of fruit flies. D. melanogas´ter is a small species used extensively in experimental genetics.
Any of various small fruit flies of the genus Drosophila, especially D. melanogaster, used extensively in genetic research.
Etymology: Gk, drosos, dew, philein, to love
a genus of fly, which includes Drosophila melanogaster, the Mediterranean fruit fly. It is useful in genetic experiments because of the large chromosomes found in its salivary glands and its sensitivity to environmental effects, such as exposure to radiation.