ge·​net·​ic | \ jə-ˈne-tik How to pronounce genetic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly genetical \ jə-​ˈne-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce genetic (audio) \

Definition of genetic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : relating to or determined by the origin, development, or causal antecedents of something
2a : of, relating to, or involving genetics
b : of, relating to, caused by, or controlled by genes a genetic disease genetic variation

Definition of -genetic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : -genic sense 1 organogenetic
2 : -genic sense 2 psychogenetic

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Other Words from genetic


genetically \ jə-​ˈne-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce -genetic (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for genetic

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of genetic in a Sentence

Adjective hemophilia and other genetic medical disorders
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Things of course go very badly, and Mewtwo escapes to a private island to essentially run their own series of genetic experiments — cloning every Pokémon to create more powerful versions of each. Ashley Wolfgang, Vulture, "Pokémon: The First Movie’s Soundtrack Is a Bubblegum-Pop Time Capsule," 2 Apr. 2021 The vaccine contains a small genetic messenger called mRNA carried inside of an oily shell. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Is Highly Effective at Preventing Covid-19 Infections in Adolescents," 2 Apr. 2021 The genetic ancestry of the variant cases showed that B.1.1.7 emerged earlier in Minnesota than originally known — perhaps in December when its existence was first reported in England, said Dr. Ruth Lynfield, state epidemiologist. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, "Variants make Minnesota new COVID-19 epicenter," 1 Apr. 2021 Excess sebum production can be caused by genetic and hormonal factors that no amount of skincare products can change. Lauren Corona,, "How to get rid of oily skin," 1 Apr. 2021 Jamie Metzl, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council who advises WHO on genetic engineering, noted that the facility had experimented with nine viruses taken from bat caves, including one with genetic similarities to SARS-CoV-2. The Editors, National Review, "We Need a Serious Investigation into the Origins of COVID-19," 31 Mar. 2021 Ayah was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disease found in one in 10,000 children born worldwide. Faith Karimi, CNN, "She's 14 months old and needs a drug that costs $2.1 million to save her life," 31 Mar. 2021 Thus far, 11,569 cases of the U.K. variant have been confirmed in the U.S., although that number is certainly low as the genetic tracing needed to identify variants is not widespread in the U.S. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "New COVID wave may not be as deadly," 31 Mar. 2021 Take Bob Newport, an Air Force veteran who suffers from a rare genetic disorder called pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE), which causes serious damage to the retinas, and his yellow Lab, Igor III, pictured above. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Southeastern Guide Dogs, a Nonprofit in Palmetto, Florida, Celebrates Graduation for Class 298," 30 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of genetic


1750, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Genetic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of genetic

: of, relating to, or involving genes


ge·​net·​ic | \ jə-ˈne-tik How to pronounce genetic (audio) \

Kids Definition of genetic

: of or relating to genes or genetics genetic research


ge·​net·​ic | \ jə-ˈnet-ik How to pronounce genetic (audio) \
variants: also genetical \ -​i-​kəl How to pronounce genetic (audio) \

Medical Definition of genetic

1 : of, relating to, or involving genetics
2 : of, relating to, caused by, or controlled by genes a genetic disease genetic material — compare acquired sense 1

Other Words from genetic

genetically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce genetic (audio) \ adverb

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