tendency for genes or segments of DNA closely positioned along a chromosome
to segregate together at meiosis and therefore be inherited together
Definition from: GeneReviews
from the University of Washington and the National Center for Biotechnology Information
- Linkage is the close association of genes or other DNA sequences on the same chromosome. The closer two genes are to each other on the chromosome, the greater the probability that they will be inherited together.
Definition from: Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms from the National Human Genome Research Institute
Related discussion in the Handbook
See also Understanding Medical Terminology.