genetic

1 of 2

adjective

ge·​net·​ic jə-ˈne-tik How to pronounce genetic (audio)
variants or less commonly genetical
1
: relating to or determined by the origin, development, or causal antecedents of something
2
a
: of, relating to, or involving genetics
b
: of, relating to, caused by, or controlled by genes
a genetic disease
genetic variation
genetically adverb

-genetic

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adjective combining form

1
: -genic sense 1
organogenetic
2
: -genic sense 2
psychogenetic

Examples of genetic in a Sentence

Adjective hemophilia and other genetic medical disorders
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Walnut hatched in 1981 at Wisconsin’s International Crane Foundation, which provides a kind of genetic repository for crane species, while working to protect land and flyways for them. Elaine Godfrey, The Atlantic, 10 Feb. 2024 In March 2023, the profile was sent to Bode Technology, a company that does forensic genetic genealogy, which helps law enforcement identify potential suspects based on familial DNA evidence. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 9 Feb. 2024 Hayward police turned their investigative efforts to forensic genetic genealogy in 2021, according to the company. Daniella Segura, Sacramento Bee, 9 Feb. 2024 Almost 20 years later, in March 2023, the profile of the unidentified man was sent to Bode Technology for forensic genetic genealogy, which identified a potential suspect who was not known to the investigation. Greg Wehner, Fox News, 8 Feb. 2024 Patients and their caregivers live on hope, which is fueled by this fact: roughly 80 percent of rare diseases have a genetic basis, and advances in genomic sequencing technologies and molecular gene therapies are improving diagnostic tools. David A. Brenner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Feb. 2024 Jacobs was diagnosed with Kennedy’s Disease, a genetic neuromuscular ailment that is often mistaken for ALS. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 7 Feb. 2024 So women are all genetic mosaics: Their cells are not all making the same proteins since some of their cells use one of their X chromosomes and some of their cells use the other. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, 6 Feb. 2024 Following a 2018 investigation using genetic genealogy, Konther was charged with the two rapes as well as molesting a 12-year-old girl between 1999 and 2003, a pattern of criminal behavior that surfaced during the investigation, authorities said. Samira Asma-Sadeque, Peoplemag, 29 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

genesis

First Known Use

Adjective

1750, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of genetic was in 1750

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Cite this Entry

“Genetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/genetic. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

genetic

adjective
ge·​net·​ic jə-ˈnet-ik How to pronounce genetic (audio)
variants also genetical
: of, relating to, or involving genes or genetics
genetic research
also : caused or controlled by genes
a genetic disease
genetically adverb

Medical Definition

genetic

adjective
ge·​net·​ic jə-ˈnet-ik How to pronounce genetic (audio)
variants also genetical
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
genetically adverb

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