genetics

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noun, plural in form but singular in construction ge·net·ics \jə-ˈne-tiks\

Definition of genetics

  1. 1 :  a branch of biology that deals with the heredity and variation of organisms

  2. 2 :  the genetic makeup and phenomena of an organism, type, group, or condition

geneticist

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First Known Use of genetics

1905

Other Genetics Terms


GENETICS Defined for English Language Learners

genetics

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Definition of genetics for English Language Learners

  • : the scientific study of how genes control the characteristics of plants and animals


GENETICS Defined for Kids

genetics

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noun ge·net·ics \jə-ˈne-tiks\

Definition of genetics for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

genetics

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noun plural but singular in construction ge·net·ics \jə-ˈnet-iks\

Medical Definition of genetics

  1. 1a:  a branch of biology that deals with the heredity and variation of organismsb:  a treatise or textbook on genetics

  2. 2:  the genetic makeup and phenomena of an organism, type, group, or condition



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