euphenics

noun

eu·​phen·​ics yü-ˈfe-niks How to pronounce euphenics (audio)
plural in form but singular in construction
: 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
euphenic adjective

Word History

Etymology

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.

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of euphenics was in 1963

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“Euphenics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/euphenics. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

euphenics

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