homeotic

adjective ho·me·o·tic \ ˌhō-mē-ˈä-tik , ˌhä- \

Definition of homeotic

: relating to, caused by, or being a gene producing a usually major shift in the developmental fate of an organ or body part

Origin and Etymology of homeotic

from homeosis, homoeosis a shift in structural development, from Greek homoiōsis assimilation, resemblance, from homoioun to make like, from homoios


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homeotic

adjective ho·me·ot·ic
variants: also homoeotic play \ˌhō-mē-ˈät-ik\

medical Definition of homeotic

: relating to, caused by, or being a homeotic gene
  • a homeotic mutant causing replacement of an antenna by a leg in a fruit fly

homeotically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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