gene

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noun \ˈjēn\

Definition of gene

  1. :  a specific sequence of nucleotides in DNA or RNA that is located usually on a chromosome and that is the functional unit of inheritance controlling the transmission and expression of one or more traits by specifying the structure of a particular polypeptide and especially a protein or controlling the function of other genetic material

Examples of gene in a sentence

  1. She inherited a good set of genes from her parents.

Origin and Etymology of gene

German Gen, short for Pangen, from pan- + -gen


First Known Use: 1909

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GENE Defined for English Language Learners

gene

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noun \ˈjēn\

Definition of gene for English Language Learners

  • biology : a part of a cell that controls or influences the appearance, growth, etc., of a living thing


GENE Defined for Kids

gene

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noun \ˈjēn\

Definition of gene for Students

  1. :  a unit of DNA that is usually located on a chromosome and that controls the development of one or more traits and is the basic unit by which genetic information is passed from parent to offspring


Medical Dictionary

gene

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noun \ˈjēn\

Medical Definition of gene

  1. :  a specific sequence of nucleotides in DNA or RNA that is located usually on a chromosome and that is the functional unit of inheritance controlling the transmission and expression of one or more traits by specifying the structure of a particular polypeptide and especially a protein or controlling the function of other genetic material—called also determinant, determiner, factor



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