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gene

noun \ˈjēn\

biology : a part of a cell that controls or influences the appearance, growth, etc., of a living thing

Full Definition of GENE

:  a specific sequence of nucleotides in DNA or RNA that is located usually on a chromosome and that is the functional unit of inheritance controlling the transmission and expression of one or more traits by specifying the structure of a particular polypeptide and especially a protein or controlling the function of other genetic material
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Examples of GENE

  1. She inherited a good set of genes from her parents.

Origin of GENE

German Gen, short for Pangen, from pan- + -gen
First Known Use: 1911

Other Genetics Terms

chimera, hermaphrodite, plasticity
GENES Defined for Kids

gene

noun \ˈjēn\

Definition of GENE for Kids

:  a unit of DNA that is usually located on a chromosome and that controls the development of one or more traits and is the basic unit by which genetic information is passed from parent to offspring
Medical Dictionary

gene

noun \ˈjēn\

Medical Definition of GENE

:  a specific sequence of nucleotides in DNA or RNA that is located usually on a chromosome and that is the functional unit of inheritance controlling the transmission and expression of one or more traits by specifying the structure of a particular polypeptide and especially a protein or controlling the function of other genetic material—called also determinant, determiner, factor

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