genetics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
ge·​net·​ics | \ jə-ˈne-tiks How to pronounce genetics (audio) \

Definition of genetics

1 : a branch of biology that deals with the heredity and variation of organisms
2 : the genetic makeup and phenomena of an organism, type, group, or condition

Other Words from genetics

geneticist \ jə-​ˈne-​tə-​sist How to pronounce genetics (audio) \ noun

Examples of genetics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These social pressures put them at higher risk of severe COVID—not because of genetics but simply because of circumstance. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 18 May 2022 Recent high-profile studies in statistical genetics have shown that, in many cases where the use of population categories was previously considered necessary, categories can be avoided entirely. Anna C. F. Lewis, STAT, 4 May 2022 Some people eat broccoli and ride a bike every day and wind up in poor health because of genetics (that happened to my mom). BostonGlobe.com, 25 July 2021 Biologists say because of those mixed genetics, those tigers can’t be used to restore wild populations. National Geographic, 1 Dec. 2020 Because of genetics, some women burn fat faster than others. Redbook, 26 July 2017 The researchers looked at the genetics of behavior in two different ways. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 28 Apr. 2022 Now scientists have a plan to bring them back — but the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, which considers the salmon sacred, worry about the genetics of the overseas fish. Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Future Seeds uses high-tech methods to understand the genetics of plants and how they can be adapted. Clarisa Diaz, Quartz, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of genetics

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Genetics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/genetics. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for genetics

genetics

noun
ge·​net·​ics | \ jə-ˈne-tiks How to pronounce genetics (audio) \

Kids Definition of genetics

: the scientific study of how the characteristics of living things are controlled by genes

genetics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
ge·​net·​ics | \ jə-ˈnet-iks How to pronounce genetics (audio) \

Medical Definition of genetics

1a : a branch of biology that deals with the heredity and variation of organisms
b : a treatise or textbook on genetics
2 : the genetic makeup and phenomena of an organism, type, group, or condition

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