threshold trait

thresh·old trait

a trait that falls into natural groups that originate not in categorically distinct causes but in whether the outcome attains critical values; for example, gallstones may result from a categoric cause or from unusual levels of causal factors that themselves show no evidence of grouping.
Synonym(s): liminal trait
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thresh·old trait

(thresh'ōld trāt)
A trait that falls into natural groups that originate not in categorically distinct causes but in whether the outcome attains critical values (e.g., gallstones may result from a categoric cause or from unusual levels of causal factors that themselves show no evidence of grouping).
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We now consider changes in the mean value of the threshold trait determining resistance.
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The selection differential of larval survivorship was estimated from the proportion of the population that survived using standard methods for threshold traits (Crow and Kimura 1970; Falconer 1989).
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