gene

noun \ ˈjēn \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of gene

: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.

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Origin and Etymology of gene

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

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GENE Defined for English Language Learners

gene

noun

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

noun \ ˈjēn \

Definition of gene for Students

: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

noun \ ˈjēn \

medical Definition of gene

: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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