genetic

adjective
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

Adjective

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 Health experts credit advancements in technology, in particular genetic sequencing, and that coronaviruses are not new. Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, "What to expect after getting vaccinated," 12 Feb. 2021 But because neither lab had saved her testing samples for genetic sequencing, there was no way to confirm her suspicion. NBC News, "Covid reinfections may be more common than realized. Why isn't the US tracking them?," 7 Feb. 2021 But public health officials have said the variant likely is much more widespread and has not yet been identified due to lack of testing and genetic sequencing. Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle, "First cases of the U.K. coronavirus variant found in Bay Area," 2 Feb. 2021 The results of genetic sequencing of five more tests from people who were in close contact with the initial case of the more transmissible strain, also known as the United Kingdom variant, are still pending. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "3 confirmed cases of U.K. variant of COVID-19 tied to U-M's Ann Arbor campus," 22 Jan. 2021 However, not all test samples receive genetic sequencing to identify variants so its frequency wasn't immediately clear. Robert Jablon, Chron, "California becomes first state to top 3 million virus cases," 18 Jan. 2021 Chiu, the virologist who conducted the genetic sequencing, said a deeper investigation must be done to determine if the strain is more transmissible like the one found in the United Kingdom. Fenit Nirappil, Star Tribune, "Another coronavirus variant linked to growing share of cases, several large outbreaks, in California," 18 Jan. 2021 There’s also a proposal to boost investment in genetic sequencing, to help track new virus strains including the more contagious variants identified in the United Kingdom and South Africa. Time, "Joe Biden Unveils a $1.9 Trillion Plan to Stem the Virus and Steady the Economy," 15 Jan. 2021 There's also a proposal to boost investment in genetic sequencing, to help track new virus strains including the more contagious variants identified in the United Kingdom and South Africa. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "Biden unveils $1.9 trillion plan to combat coronavirus and improve economy. Here's what's included.," 15 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of genetic

Adjective

1750, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for genetic

Adjective

genesis

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The first known use of genetic was in 1750

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17 Feb 2021

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“Genetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/genetic. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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genetic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of genetic

: of, relating to, or involving genes

genetic

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

Kids Definition of genetic

: of or relating to genes or genetics genetic research

genetic

adjective
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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