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

Other Words from genetic


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 Seven-year-old Lily Williams has a genetic condition called Phelan-McDermid syndrome that causes developmental and speech delays. Meredith Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 14 Apr. 2022 Instead, Henry says it’s a genetic, inflammatory condition, and it’s not caused by a person’s hygiene. Ashley Abramson, Allure, 4 Apr. 2022 My middle daughter, the 3-year-old, has special needs due to a genetic condition, Down syndrome. Diane Herbst,, 1 Apr. 2022 Sanders has been living with a very rare genetic condition called uromodulin kidney disease (UKD); his kidneys were slowly failing over time, eventually resulting in his need for dialysis for life — or a kidney transplant. Fox News, 26 Mar. 2022 The struggle for LaForce and her husband, MLB pitcher Joe Smith, has been to have a baby born without Huntington's disease—a genetic condition that causes the breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. CBS News, 22 Mar. 2022 Michael didn’t even have two months in this world before facing his first major obstacle in life when he was diagnosed with Krabbe disease, a rare genetic condition that destroys the protective coating of nerve cells in the brain and nervous system. oregonlive, 26 Feb. 2022 Similarly, Jeanne Mazza from Wayne, New Jersey, relies heavily on a Facebook group for parents of children with Pitt-Hopkins syndrome, a rare genetic condition. Angie Mccullagh, Wired, 24 Feb. 2022 The family ended up moving from a rural town to the Fresno suburbs to have a better shot at finding nurses for her son, who has a rare genetic condition and has a feeding tube and a tracheostomy. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of genetic


1750, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Genetic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for genetic


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

Kids Definition of genetic

: of or relating to genes or genetics genetic research


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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