homeotic

adjective
ho·​me·​o·​tic | \ ˌhō-mē-ˈä-tik How to pronounce homeotic (audio) , 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

First Known Use of homeotic

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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The first known use of homeotic was in 1894

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“Homeotic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homeotic. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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homeotic

adjective
ho·​me·​ot·​ic
variants: also homoeotic \ ˌhō-​mē-​ˈät-​ik How to pronounce homeotic (audio) \

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

Other Words from homeotic

homeotically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce homeotic (audio) \ adverb

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