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A phenotype constitutes the entirety of visible characteristics of the body, including hair color, ear or nose shape, height, blood type, and so on. It is considered as the observable aspect of the genotype, which represents the genetic characteristics of the body that encapsulate all the different inherited genes. The phenotype can, however, be strongly influenced by the environment, such as the skin being tanned by the sun, or a limb being lost in an accident, and so on. Nutrition can also have a significant impact on the phenotype.