Definition of homeotic
: relating to, caused by, or being a gene producing a usually major shift in the developmental fate of an organ or body part
Origin of homeotic
from homeosis, homoeosis a shift in structural development, from Greek homoiōsis assimilation, resemblance, from homoioun to make like, from homoios
First Known Use: 1894
Medical Definition of homeotic
: relating to, caused by, or being a homeotic gene <a homeotic mutant causing replacement of an antenna by a leg in a fruit fly>
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