Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

2013 Edition
| Editors: Marc D. Gellman, J. Rick Turner

Polymorphism

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1005-9_714

Definition

The term “polymorphism” refers to a locus with two or more alleles. The translation from Latin is “multiple forms.” It is therefore a difference in DNA sequence at a particular locus.

Cross-References

References and Readings

  1. Britannica. (2009). The Britannica guide to genetics (Introduction by Steve Jones). Philadelphia: Running Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cardiovascular SafetyQuintilesDurhamUSA