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adjective     /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 → Compare homozygousGeneticsInnate and congenital heterozygote     /-ɡəʊt/ US  /-ɡoʊt/ noun [C] specialized a heterozygous person, animal, or organismGeneticsInnate and congenital
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