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Biology Dictionary for GCSE Biology and A Level Biology
Diploid: A cell / organism which contains two sets of chromosomes. Shows as 2n, e.g. 2n = 46 in humans. Other species have different diploid numbers - watch the defining diploid video here.
Discontinuous variation: Variation which falls neatly into categories; one thing or the other, e.g. ABO blood groups. Tends to be controlled by single alleles, which are present or not.
Disease: Disfunction of the normal state of an organism, i.e. an irregularity from the normal structure / function of any part of an organism, as recognised by a characteristic set of signs and symptoms.
Dissociation: The splitting of one molecule into two or more molecules e.g. Oxyhameoglobin into oxygen and haemoglobin. Comes from ‘dis-association’ i.e coming apart.
DNA ligase: An enzyme which joins DNA strands, such as those cut by restriction enzymes
DNA polymerase: Enzyme which controls DNA replication by causing the addition of complementary bases on the exposed strands.
Dominant: An allele which, if present, is shown in the phenotype
Down’s syndrome: A genetic condition cause by three chromosome 21s. It usually arises due to a fault in meiosis so that the eggs have both chromosome 21s instead of one.
As I write the biology dictionary and make the videos to help you learn the definitions by listening in addition to reading them, you'll get the added benefit of hearing and learning the correct pronunciation of biological terminology - but there's more! I'm also making some interactive revision flashcards too! So you can revisit the key words when revising and really embed those a level biology definitions in your head! - The flashcards will be like this (See image below and click to download).
Interactive a level biology definitions revision flashcard | Term 'abiotic' given - write or type in the appropriate description.
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