locus

noun
lo·​cus | \ˈlō-kəs \
plural loci\ˈlō-​ˌsī, -​ˌkī, -​ˌkē \

Definition of locus 

1a : the place where something is situated or occurs : site, location was the culture of medicine in the beginning dispersed from a single focus or did it arise in several loci?— S. C. Harvey

b : a center of activity, attention, or concentration in democracy the locus of power is in the people— H. G. Rickover

2 : the set of all points whose location is determined by stated conditions

3 : the position in a chromosome of a particular gene or allele

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Examples of locus in a Sentence

The area became a locus of resistance to the government. an area of the Southwest that has been the locus of a number of New Agey movements

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Jeffree Star and his ex-friends, explained The locus of this drama is an ongoing conflict between beauty guru and business exec Jeffree Star and some of his former friends: Laura Lee, Manny MUA (MUA is an acronym for makeup artist), a.k.a. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Laura Lee, Jeffree Star, and the racism scandal upending the YouTube beauty community, explained," 28 Aug. 2018 Bezos and two other major US business leaders, investor Warren Buffett and JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, also chose Boston as the locus of their new venture to transform health care delivery. BostonGlobe.com, "Amazon to buy Somerville online pharmacy startup PillPack," 28 June 2018 Much of the recent growth has occurred along the U.S. Gulf Coast, which has emerged as the locus of global petrochemical production thanks to a steady supply of low-cost natural gas feedstocks from West Texas and elsewhere. Katherine Blunt, San Antonio Express-News, "U.S. fossil fuel consumption reaches lowest share in a century," 3 July 2018 Much of the recent growth has occurred along the U.S. Gulf Coast, which has emerged as the locus of global petrochemical production thanks to a steady supply of low-cost natural gas feedstocks from West Texas and elsewhere. Katherine Blunt, Houston Chronicle, "U.S. fossil fuel consumption reaches lowest share in a century," 3 July 2018 An extraordinary painterly sensitivity expressed itself in the person of a young black male, the locus of terror and misgiving in a racist society. Stephen Metcalf, The Atlantic, "Jean-Michel Basquiat Is Still an Enigma," 24 June 2018 Bird's authorial attitude is both sly and sincere, with a view of the nuclear family as the locus of human virtue and strength. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Incredibles 2': Film Review," 11 June 2018 But the locus of global economic growth was moving, and GE needed to follow it. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, "What the Hell Happened at GE?," 24 May 2018 In short order, Battle Grounds has become a locus of activity in Haverhill, where the heart of the city is undergoing a long overdue revitalization. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "Former SEAL continues to serve, but this time it’s coffee at Battle Grounds in Haverhill," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of locus

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for locus

Latin — more at stall

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The first known use of locus was in 1648

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locus

noun

English Language Learners Definition of locus

: a central or main place where something happens or is found

locus

noun
lo·​cus | \ˈlō-kəs \
plural loci\ˈlō-​ˌsī, -​ˌkī also -​ˌkē \

Medical Definition of locus 

1 : a place or site of an event, activity, or thing the integrity of the tissues determines the extent and locus of the damage— Sylvia E. Hines

2 : the position in a chromosome of a particular gene or allele

locus

noun
lo·​cus | \ˈlō-kəs \

Legal Definition of locus 

: the place connected with a particular event having legal significance

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