locus

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noun lo·cus \ˈlō-kəs\

Definition of locus

plural

loci

play \ˈlō-ˌsī, -ˌkī, -ˌkē\
  1. 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. Harveyb :  a center of activity, attention, or concentration in democracy the locus of power is in the people — H. G. Rickover

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

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

Examples of locus in a sentence

  1. The area became a locus of resistance to the government.

  2. an area of the Southwest that has been the locus of a number of New Agey movements

Origin and Etymology of locus

Latin — more at stall


First Known Use: 1648

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LOCUS Defined for English Language Learners

locus

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noun lo·cus \ˈlō-kəs\

Definition of locus for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

locus

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noun lo·cus \ˈlō-kəs\

Medical Definition of locus

plural

loci

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  1. 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. 2:  the position in a chromosome of a particular gene or allele


Law Dictionary

locus

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noun lo·cus \ˈlō-kəs\

Legal Definition of locus

  1. :  the place connected with a particular event having legal significance



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