locus

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noun lo·cus \ ˈlō-kəs \

Definition of locus

plural loci play \ˈlō-ˌsī, -ˌkī, -ˌkē\
1 a :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

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

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Origin and Etymology of locus

Latin — more at stall

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LOCUS Defined for English Language Learners

locus

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noun

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 \ˈlō-ˌsī, -ˌkī also -ˌkē\
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

Law Dictionary

locus

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noun lo·cus \ ˈlō-kəs \

legal Definition of locus

:the place connected with a particular event having legal significance


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