pleiotropy

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pleiotropy

 [pli-ot´rŏ-pe]
the production by a single gene of multiple phenotypic effects. The term is often used to refer to a single gene defect that is expressed as problems in multiple systems of the body, such as in osteogenesis imperfecta, where the gene causes defects in several different systems that contain collagen.

plei·ot·ro·py

, pleiotropia (plī-ot'rō-pē, plī-ō-trō'pē-ă),
Production by a single mutant gene of apparently unrelated multiple effects at the clinical or phenotypic level.
[pleio- + G. tropos, turning]

pleiotropy

(plī-ŏt′rə-pē) also

pleiotropism

(-pĭz′əm)
n. Biology
The production of diverse effects, especially the production by a single gene of several distinct and seemingly unrelated phenotypic effects.

plei′o·tro′pic (plī′ə-trō′pĭk, -trŏp′ĭk) adj.

plei·ot·ro·py

, pleiotropia (plī-ot'rŏ-pē, -ō-trō'pē-ă)
Production by a single mutant gene of apparently unrelated multiple effects at the clinical or phenotypic level.
[pleio- + G. tropos, turning]