noun lo·cus \ˈlō-kəs\

: a central or main place where something happens or is found

plural lo·ci \ˈlō-ˌsī, -ˌkī, -ˌkē\

Full Definition of LOCUS

a :  the place where something is situated or occurs :  site, location <was the culture of medicine in the beginning dispersed from a single focus or did it arise in several loci? — S. C. Harvey>
b :  a center of activity, attention, or concentration <in democracy the locus of power is in the people — H. G. Rickover>
:  the set of all points whose location is determined by stated conditions
:  the position in a chromosome of a particular gene or allele

Examples of LOCUS

  1. The area became a locus of resistance to the government.
  2. <an area of the Southwest that has been the locus of a number of New Agey movements>

Origin of LOCUS

Latin — more at stall
First Known Use: 1715

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

abscissa, denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, hypotenuse, logarithm, oblique, radii, rhomb

Rhymes with LOCUS

Medical Dictionary


noun lo·cus \ˈlō-kəs\
plural lo·ci \ˈlō-ˌsī, -ˌalso -ˌkē\

Medical Definition of LOCUS

:  a place or site of an event, activity, or thing <the integrity of the tissues determines the extent and locus of the damage—Sylvia E. Hines>
:  the position in a chromosome of a particular gene or allele


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