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locus

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noun lo·cus \ˈlō-kəs\

Simple Definition of locus

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

Full Definition of locus

plural lo·ci play \ˈlō-ˌsī, -ˌkī, -ˌkē\

  1. 1 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>

  2. 2 :  the set of all points whose location is determined by stated conditions

  3. 3 :  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

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locus

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noun lo·cus \ˈlō-kəs\

Medical Definition of locus

plural lo·ci \ˈlō-ˌsī, -ˌkī also -ˌkē\play play play

  1. 1:  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>

  2. 2:  the position in a chromosome of a particular gene or allele





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