intermediate trait

in·ter·me·di·ate trait

a measurable trait in which there is some evidence of the operation of a simple major cause, but in which the variation within the putative categories is such as to cause overlap and hence ambiguity in classification of any particular reading.

in·ter·me·di·ate trait

(in'tĕr-mē'dē-ăt trāt)
A measurable trait in which there is some evidence of the operation of a simple major cause, but in which the variation within the putative categories is such as to cause overlap and hence ambiguity in classification of any particular reading.
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However, the results also indicate that variation near the CRP gene locus on chromosome 1821 is significantly associated with variation in serum CRP concentration and that this intermediate trait may be subject to genetic control.
The second subdivision (n = 43) included those grebes with clearly intermediate traits between both Aechmophorus species and classified as intermediates.
5% of 660 grebes assessed had apparent intermediate traits and another 7.
It is generally debatable to what extent individuals displaying intermediate traits in the field are hybrids between two closely related species or represent phenotypic variation.
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