Origin and Etymology of genome
German Genom, from Gen gene + -om (as in Chromosom chromosome)
First Known Use: 1930
Medical Definition of genome
: one haploid set of chromosomes with the genes they contain; broadly : the genetic material of an organism <The idea behind sequencing an organism's genome—decoding, letter by letter, the message contained in every last one of its genes—is that it would tell us a lot about how the organism works.—Lori Oliwenstein, Discover, January 1996>
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