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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Key assumptions: (1) variants are reliably associated with the intermediate trait; (2) variants affect the outcome only through the intermediate trait; and (3) variants are independent of confounders.
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.
Morphologically intermediate traits are taken to suggest that the hybrids are [F.sub.1]s, whereas deviation towards one of the parental traits is taken to suggest that the plants are backcrosses (e.g., Moorehead et al.
The association of these SNPs with intermediate traits is shown in Supplementary Table 1 in the online Data Supplement.
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