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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Bill Apple New York Utah resident Doug Rice administers a cannabis compound to his daughter Ashley, who suffers from seizures due to a genetic condition, in June 2017. WSJ, "Should the Feds Join the Trend to Legalize Pot?," 8 Nov. 2018 There are already cases in the medical literature of half-siblings discovering each other while seeking treatments for rare genetic conditions, the Post points out. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Sperm donor #2757 sired at least 45 kids—now they’re connecting online," 13 Sep. 2018 He was born with a crack cocaine addiction and has neurofibromatosis — a genetic condition that causes tumors to grow along the nervous system, according to the Mayo Clinic. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "South Carolina mom blown away by students' sweet act toward son at lunchtime: 'It gives me peace'," 31 Aug. 2018 Those are called keratosis pilaris (KP)—a genetic condition that causes a buildup of keratin in your pores—and sadly, they can’t be cured. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The 5 Truly Spectacular Beauty Products I'm Loving This Week," 3 Aug. 2018 That’s because at 2 weeks old, Lucia was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called Pallister-Killian Syndrome. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Why cities need accessible playgrounds," 20 July 2018 The researchers have already used the method in the laboratory to alter the abnormal immune cells of children with a rare genetic condition. Gina Kolata, New York Times, "Swift Gene-Editing Method May Revolutionize Treatments for Cancer and Infectious Diseases," 11 July 2018 Artwork — such as photos of and paintings by people with genetic conditions and interactive pieces by local artists — offers plenty of chances to appreciate how our genes influence our insides and outsides. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "Life’s genetic code explored through science, art and medicine," 1 July 2018 Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria This genetic condition, which affects about one in every 8 million children, causes children to age quickly at approximately nine to 24 months of age, according to the NIH. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "6 incredibly rare diseases you’ve probably never heard of," 7 June 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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