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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Differences by amount of coffee consumed and genetic variations were minimal. Lindsey Tanner, courant.com, "Fresh grounds for coffee: Study shows it may boost longevity," 3 July 2018 Differences by amount of coffee consumed and genetic variations were minimal. Linsey Tanner, chicagotribune.com, "Another study shows coffee may boost longevity — even decaf," 3 July 2018 Differences by amount of coffee consumed and genetic variations were minimal. Lindsey Tanner, BostonGlobe.com, "Drinking up to 8 cups of coffee a day might help you live longer, new study says," 3 July 2018 Differences by amount of coffee consumed and genetic variations were minimal. Lindsey Tanner, The Seattle Times, "Fresh grounds for coffee: Study shows it may boost longevity," 2 July 2018 Differences by amount of coffee consumed and genetic variations were minimal. CBS News, "Coffee may boost chances for a longer life, study shows," 2 July 2018 Also, there might be genetic variations in different populations. NBC News, "Childhood cancer rates highest in Northeast, new CDC map shows," 29 June 2018 Each individual has thousands of structural variants in their genome, so the researchers narrowed down their analysis to examine just a handful of regulatory regions where genetic variation seemed most likely to cause disruption. Matt Warren, Science | AAAS, "Autistic children may inherit DNA mutations from their fathers," 19 Apr. 2018 In an earlier study, van Zonneveld and his colleagues mapped its genetic variation and traced signs of human impact. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Pre-Columbian people spread fruit species across Latin America," 13 Mar. 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

adjective

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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