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homeotic

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adjective ho·me·o·tic \ˌhō-mē-ˈä-tik, ˌhä-\

Definition of homeotic

  1. :  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 Dictionary

homeotic

adjective ho·me·ot·ic

Medical Definition of homeotic

  1. :  relating to, caused by, or being a homeotic gene <a homeotic mutant causing replacement of an antenna by a leg in a fruit fly>

  2. ho·me·ot·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb



Variants of homeotic

also ho·moe·ot·ic \ˌhō-mē-ˈät-ik\play

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