ge·​net·​ics | \jə-ˈne-tiks \

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

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Other Words from genetics

geneticist \jə-​ˈne-​tə-​sist \ noun

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In recent years, scientists have learned that genetics, diet composition (amount of carbs, protein and fats), regular exercise and other factors play a role in CR’s effectiveness. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018 Still, twin studies have indicated that genetics plays a large role in determining whether someone is likely to try the drug at some point in their lives. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers ID genes that could make you more likely to try cannabis," 28 Aug. 2018 And even then, genetics remains only part of the story. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "Scientists Confront the Ghost of Eugenics," 17 Aug. 2018 Among the brightest of those homegrown stars is Zhao Bowen, a Chinese science prodigy who dropped out of high school to start running a genetics lab. Author: Ben Guarino, Emily Rauhala, William Wan, Anchorage Daily News, "China challenges American dominance of science," 4 June 2018 Among the brightest of those homegrown stars is Zhao Bowen, a Chinese science prodigy who dropped out of high school to start running a genetics lab. Author: Ben Guarino, Emily Rauhala, William Wan, Anchorage Daily News, "China challenges American dominance of science," 4 June 2018 Suddenly, Soo-Kyung, 42, and her husband Jae Lee, 57, another genetics specialist at O.H.S.U., had to transform from dispassionate scientists into parents of a patient, desperate for answers. Pam Belluck, New York Times, "Infinitesimal Odds: A Scientist Finds Her Child’s Rare Illness Stems From the Gene She Studies," 23 Apr. 2018 Among the brightest of those homegrown stars is Zhao Bowen, a Chinese science prodigy who dropped out of high school to start running a genetics lab. Author: Ben Guarino, Emily Rauhala, William Wan, Anchorage Daily News, "China challenges American dominance of science," 4 June 2018 Among the brightest of those homegrown stars is Zhao Bowen, a Chinese science prodigy who dropped out of high school to start running a genetics lab. Ben Guarino, Washington Post, "China increasingly challenges American dominance of science," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of genetics

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of genetics was in 1905

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genetics

noun

English Language Learners Definition of genetics

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

genetics

noun
ge·​net·​ics | \jə-ˈne-tiks \

Kids Definition of genetics

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

ge·​net·​ics | \jə-ˈnet-iks \

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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