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Line breaks: gen|et¦ic
Pronunciation: /dʒɪˈnɛtɪk

Definition of genetic in English:


1Relating to genes or heredity: genetic abnormalities
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  • Nowadays we are more likely to think of them as genes or the genetic inheritance.
  • Path diagram for a genetic network of nine genes reconstructed from yeast cell cycle data.
  • On the other hand, red sea bream had large gene flow and small genetic differentiation.
1.1Relating to genetics: there are fears that genetic techniques could be abused
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  • An astonishing number of biochemical and genetic techniques are available to study chromatin behavior.
  • It is now cited as the primary source for many basic genetic techniques and approaches.
  • The genetic algorithm technique can work, but only because programmers have supplied the goal.
2Relating to origin, or arising from a common origin: the genetic relations between languages
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  • Numerals and verbs are a very important part of identifying the genetic affiliations of a language.
  • In general, only when the genetic language is translated can we understand what it means.
  • Field relations also rule out a direct genetic link between mantle peridotites and upper crustal rocks exposed on the island.


mid 19th century (in sense 2): from genesis, on the pattern of pairs such as antithesis, antithetic.



Example sentences
  • Linkage disequilibrium mapping has been successful in mapping genetical disorders.
  • Combined with these methods, genetical analyses have revealed the functions of individual genes affecting the pharynx.
  • A genetical analysis demonstrated that two mutations affect the mitochondrial genome whereas the third mutation is of nuclear origin.


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  • Cell lines immortalised in this way are often genetically unstable, with variable chromosome numbers.
  • It does not occur unless both parents are genetically predisposed to donating a defective gene.
  • They had injected mice with a genetically altered form of bone marrow that contained a gene that made the stem cells glow in the dark.

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