Meaning of recessive
Pronunciation: (ri-ses'iv), [key]
- tending to go, move, or slant back; receding.
- of or pertaining to a recessive.
- (of an accent) showing a tendency to recede from the end toward the beginning of a word.
- that one of a pair of alternative alleles whose effect is masked by the activity of the second when both are present in the same cell or organism.
- the trait or character determined by such an allele. Cf.(def. 6).
- recessive (Thesaurus)