homeotic


ho·me·o·tic

adjective \ˌhō-mē-ˈä-tik, ˌhä-\

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

ho·me·ot·ic

adjective    (Medical Dictionary)

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>
ho·me·ot·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Variants of HOMEOTIC

ho·me·ot·ic also ho·moe·ot·ic \ˌhō-mē-ˈät-ik\

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