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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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


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Examples of genetic in a Sentence


hemophilia and other genetic medical disorders

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Though there’s no known cause of lipomas, some people have genetic conditions that predispose them to forming dozens of lipomas, according to Dr. Garden. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "12 Common Face 'Bumps' and How to Deal With Them," 31 May 2019 The exact cause of this type of cancer is unknown, but some research suggests it may be linked to prior trauma to the skin or genetic risk. Gabrielle Sorto, Teen Vogue, "This Woman Had Her Thumb Amputated Because of Cancer Reportedly Caused By Biting Her Nails," 7 Sep. 2018 Colleagues say his skill at mining enormous data sets allows him to detect shared genetic risks for different diseases. Laurie Mcginley, Washington Post, "Devastated by ALS, trying to save others," 13 June 2018 Similarly, a high genetic risk was more likely to lead to schizophrenia if there had been a complication during pregnancy. Dana G. Smith, Scientific American, "The Placenta Is Now a Suspect In Heightening Schizophrenia Risk," 28 May 2018 Medical records would discuss any genetic conditions, family predispositions or additional factors that might explain their body sizes, Cooper said., "Hart children's tiny bodies telegraphed warning that went unheeded by Oregon officials," 5 May 2018 But other factors can increase or reduce some genetic risks. NBC News, "Federal government wants 1 million people for giant health study," 1 May 2018 But other factors can increase or reduce some genetic risks. Lauran Neergaard, USA TODAY, "National Institutes of Health wants 1 million to share their DNA and their health habits for science," 1 May 2018 Today, hospitals generally offer online patient portals, but these often lack material such as doctor notes, imaging scans and genetic-testing data. Anna Wilde Mathews, WSJ, "New Rules Could Ease Patients’ Access to Their Own Health Records," 11 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of genetic


1750, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of genetic

: of, relating to, or involving genes


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 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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