Definition of Penetrant trait

Penetrant trait: A genetic trait (characteristic) that is present in the genome and manifests itself in the individual. By contrast, a nonpenetrant trait is one that, although present, does not manifest itself.

If, for example, 100 people have a particular genetic trait but only 80 of them express it, the penetrance of that trait is 80%. The trait is penetrant and expresses itself in 80% of people who have it.


Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

Search MedTerms:


Back to MedTerms online medical dictionary A-Z List
Pill Identifier Tool

Need help identifying pills and medications?
Use the pill finder tool on RxList.

STAY INFORMED

Get the Latest health and medical information delivered direct to your inbox!