Definition of epigenetic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌepəjəˈnedik/


1 Biology Relating to or arising from nongenetic influences on gene expression: epigenetic carcinogens
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  • Such variations might arise from minor genetic differences or by epigenetic influences causing induction, enhancement or inhibition of repair enzyme synthesis or activity.
  • The embryo is human, since it has the genetic constitution and epigenetic primordia characteristic of human beings.
  • Hence, we investigated molecular genetic and epigenetic events in oral carcinogenesis.
1.1Relating to or of the nature of epigenesis.
2 Geology Formed later than the surrounding or underlying rock formation.
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  • Ores formed at the same time as their host rocks are referred to as syngenetic; ores formed after the host rock are called epigenetic.
  • Thus, the ore minerals form after the host rock and are called epigenetic.
  • More recent studies suggest an epigenetic origin, indicating that sulphide-rich iron formation is a replacement type rather than a primary sedimentary facies.



Pronunciation: /-(ə)lē/
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  • The state of gene inactivation is inherited epigenetically through multiple mitoses.
  • An alternate proposal suggests that centromere functionality might be epigenetically determined by a higher-order structure dictated by underlying repeats.
  • Intelligence is an emergent property of person-in-society, not an inborn capability or an epigenetically developed trait of individuals.


Pronunciation: /-ˈnetisist/
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  • In the first chapter, he traces the emergence of the modern conception of the gene back to the 18th century debate between preformationists and epigeneticists.
  • The epigeneticist view was clearly wrong, because something stable had to be transmitted across generations.
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