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 genetical (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 genetically (audio) \ 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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Chances are, Rudd simply hit the genetic lottery and takes good care of himself. Marci Robin, Allure, "Paul Rudd Just Turned 50 and Still Looks Exactly the Same as He Did in the ‘90s," 7 Apr. 2019 Even popular genetic testing company 23andMe does not recommend or offer testing for MTHFR variants. Tara C. Smith, SELF, "Why You Don't Actually Need to Test for MTHFR Gene Variants," 18 Mar. 2019 They are suspected side effects of genetic selection that now allows meat companies to raise a 6.3-pound bird in 47 days, roughly... Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Fast-Growth Chickens Produce New Industry Woe: ‘Spaghetti Meat’," 10 Mar. 2019 Everyone came through Hungary at some point—the Romans, the Slavs, the Mongols, the Ottomans, the Germans, the Russians, and nowadays, a United Nations of tourists—leaving behind their genetic fingerprints and their cultural codes. András Szántó, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Budapest Is Europe's Unlikely Capital of Hedonism," 29 Aug. 2018 The rapid growth is a testament to how algorithms and big data can quickly improve genetic science. Dieter Holger, PCWorld, "DNA testing for ancestry is more detailed for white people. Here’s why, and how it's changing," 4 Dec. 2018 That’s the beauty of genetic diversity between two people. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "Can You Actually Catch the Same Cold Twice?," 14 Nov. 2018 Instead, an international team of scientists found that the genetic diversity of the region is more complex than initially suspected, with Hòabìnhian, East Asian, Southeast Asian and Vietnamese populations all contributing to the mix. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Ancient DNA Offers Insight on Origins of Southeast Asia’s Present-Day Population," 11 July 2018 Even if such a group could be created, and not collapse from lack of genetic diversity, releasing it into the tender mercies of what remains of Kenya’s savannah would be risky. The Economist, "IVF may bring northern white rhinos back from the brink of extinction," 4 July 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 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 genetical (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 genetically (audio) \ adverb

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