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Zygosity testing

Definition(s)

The process through which DNA sequences are compared to assess whether individuals born from a multiple gestation (twins, triplets, etc.) are monozygotic (identical) or dizygotic (fraternal); often used to identify a suitable donor for organ transplantation or to estimate disease susceptibility risk if one sibling is affected

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See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: July 21, 2014