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Definition of gene noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  • a unit inside a cell that controls a particular quality in a living thing that has been passed on from its parents a dominant/recessive gene genes that code for the color of the eyes see also genetic
  • Idioms
    be in the genes
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    to be a quality that your parents have passed on to you I've always enjoyed music—it's in the genes.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: gene