Definition of recessive adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

recessive

 adjective
adjective
NAmE//rɪˈsɛsɪv//
 
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a recessive physical characteristic only appears in a child if it has two genes for this characteristic, one from each parent. It does not appear if a dominant gene is also present.
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