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heterozygous

adjective uk   /ˌhet.ər.əʊˈzaɪ.fəs/ us    /ˌhet̬.ə.roʊˈ-/ specialized
having two different forms of a gene (= part of a cell containing DNA information) that controls a particular characteristic, one inherited from each parent, and therefore able to pass on either form: a heterozygous cell
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heterozygote
noun [C] uk   /-ɡəʊt/ us    /-ɡoʊt/ specialized
a heterozygous person, animal, or organism
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