Definition of genetic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dʒəˈnetɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//dʒəˈnetɪk//
Genetic engineering, Cell biology
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connected with genes (= the units in the cells of a living thing that control its physical characteristics) or genetics (= the study of genes ) genetic and environmental factors genetic abnormalities There are about 4 000 inherited human genetic diseases. See related entries: Genetic engineering, Cell biology Word Originmid 19th cent. (originally relating to a common origin): from genesis, on the pattern of pairs such as antithesis, antithetic.
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