drosophila definition

  • noun:
    • Any of numerous tiny fruit flies for the genus Drosophila, specially D. melanogaster, used extensively in hereditary analysis.
    • Any fruit fly regarding the genus Drosophila
    • A genus of flies, of this household Muscidæ, one species of which, Drosophila flava (the yellowish turnip-leaf miner), is extremely destructive to turnips, the maggots consuming in to the pulp and creating whitish blisters in the upper part. D. cellaris attacks potatoes.
    • tiny fresh fruit fly used by Thomas Hunt Morgan in studying standard components of inheritance

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