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genetic Syllabification: ge·net·ic
Pronunciation: /jəˈnedik/

Definition of genetic in English:


1Of or relating to genes or heredity: all the cells in the body contain the same genetic information
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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.
1.1Of or relating to genetics: an attempt to control mosquitoes by genetic techniques
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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.
2Of or relating to origin; 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.


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  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with genetic

aesthetic (US esthetic), alphabetic, anaesthetic (US anesthetic), antithetic, apathetic, apologetic, arithmetic, ascetic, athletic, balletic, bathetic, cosmetic, cybernetic, diabetic, dietetic, diuretic, electromagnetic, emetic, energetic, exegetic, frenetic, Helvetic, hermetic, homiletic, kinetic, magnetic, metic, mimetic, parenthetic, pathetic, peripatetic, phonetic, photosynthetic, poetic, prophetic, prothetic, psychokinetic, splenetic, sympathetic, syncretic, syndetic, synthetic, telekinetic, theoretic, zetetic
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