euphenics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
eu·​phen·​ics | \ yü-ˈfe-niks How to pronounce euphenics (audio) \

Definition of euphenics

: the therapeutic techniques and procedures for amelioration of the deleterious phenotypic effects of a genetic defect especially without altering the genetic makeup of the germplasm of the individual

Other Words from euphenics

euphenic \ yü-​ˈfe-​nik How to pronounce euphenics (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of euphenics

1963, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for euphenics

eu- + phen- (in phenotype entry 1) + -ics, by analogy with genotype entry 1 : eugenics

Note: The term was coined by the American molecular biologist Joshua Lederberg (1925-2008) in "Molecular Biology, Eugenics and Euphenics," Nature, vol. 198, issue 4879 (May 4, 1963), pp. 428-29.

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“Euphenics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/euphenics. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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euphenics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
eu·​phen·​ics | \ yu̇-ˈfen-iks How to pronounce euphenics (audio) \

Medical Definition of euphenics

: the amelioration of the deleterious phenotypic effects of a genetic disorder (as phenylketonuria) that involves treatment (as a change in diet) that alters the environment but not the genetic makeup of an individual

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