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Quantitative trait

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noun
A trait produced by the interaction and additive effects of quantitative genes
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Examples of quantitative traits are height, weight, skin color, and predisposition to heart diseases. Quantitative traits differ from monogenic trait by involving many genes acting together to produce a trait that does not follow a Mendelian inheritance pattern.
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