genetic

adjective
ge·​net·​ic | \ jə-ˈne-tik \
variants: or less commonly genetical \ jə-​ˈne-​ti-​kəl \

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 \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for genetic

Synonyms: Adjective

hereditary, heritable, inborn, inheritable, inherited

Antonyms: Adjective

nonhereditary

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Examples of genetic in a Sentence

Adjective

hemophilia and other genetic medical disorders

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She was diagnosed with Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes a wide range of complex health issues. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "A Kirkland mother’s anguished phone call brings help she never imagined," 9 Dec. 2018 This test is regularly used by couples who are known to be carriers of a genetic disorder. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "What Role Can Genetic Testing Play in IVF and Egg Freezing?," 1 Oct. 2018 There are two main genetic disorders that can cause both visible and microscopic blood in your pee, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "10 Things That Can Cause Blood in Your Urine," 19 Sep. 2018 In a study published in The Lancet in 2001, 30 subjects with a rare genetic disorder predisposing them to skin cancer applied a lotion with DNA repair enzymes daily for one year. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 Roughly once a day in the United States, a child is born with a fatal genetic disorder that destroys motor neurons in the brain stem and spinal cord. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "U.S. Health secretary under pressure to approve screening of newborns for fatal genetic disease," 28 June 2018 One of King’s boyfriends from around that time, the 20-year-old fashion photographer Davide Sorrenti, would die a year later from a genetic blood disorder that was complicated by his heroin use. New York Times, "Nan Goldin Survived an Overdose to Fight the Opioid Epidemic," 11 June 2018 The success marks the first time a genetic disorder has been partially reversed by such a treatment prior to birth. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "In first, doctors treat rare genetic disorder with an injection in utero," 27 Apr. 2018 When scientists within the FDA advised against the approval of Exondys 51, a drug to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, parents of children with the rare genetic disorder and patients rallied to lobby for it in Washington. NBC News, "Patient advocacy groups take in millions from drugmakers. Is there a payback?," 8 Apr. 2018

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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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genetic

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English Language Learners Definition of genetic

: of, relating to, or involving genes

genetic

adjective
ge·​net·​ic | \ jə-ˈne-tik \

Kids Definition of genetic

: of or relating to genes or genetics genetic research

genetic

adjective
ge·​net·​ic | \ jə-ˈnet-ik \
variants: also genetical \ -​i-​kəl \

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 \ adverb

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