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Medical Term:

sex linkage


Definition: inheritance of a trait or a sex chromosome or gonosome. A man receives all his sex-linked genes from his mother and transmits them all to his daughters but not to his sons; a recessive sex-linked character is much more likely to be expressed in the male.

See Also: sex chromosomes, under chromosome

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