homeobox

noun

ho·​meo·​box ˈhō-mē-ə-ˌbäks How to pronounce homeobox (audio)
: a short usually highly conserved DNA sequence in various eukaryotic genes and especially homeotic genes that encodes a DNA-binding amino acid domain of some proteins

Word History

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of homeobox was in 1984

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“Homeobox.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homeobox. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

homeobox

noun
ho·​meo·​box ˈhō-mē-ō-ˌbäks How to pronounce homeobox (audio)
: a short usually highly conserved DNA sequence in various genes and especially homeotic genes that encodes a homeodomain

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