non·​ge·​net·​ic ˌnän-jə-ˈne-tik How to pronounce nongenetic (audio)
: not relating to or involving genes : not genetic
nongenetic causes of disease
nongenetically adverb

Examples of nongenetic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The remaining risk may be caused by environmental factors (one indication of such nongenetic influence is that not every pair of identical twins both stutter), although some environmental factors can combine with genetic predisposition. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2021 Height differences across populations of non-European ancestries may also be genetic in origin, but potential nongenetic factors, such as differences in timing of secular trends, mean that this inference would need to be directly tested with genetic data in additional populations. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 20 Aug. 2012 NIPTs don’t screen for nongenetic conditions, such as heart defects. Adriana Gallardo, ProPublica, 17 Dec. 2022 These variants don’t determine a trait, but increase its likelihood by interacting with other DNA variants and nongenetic influences such as upbringing, lifestyle and environment. A Cecile Jw Janssens, Discover Magazine, 10 Dec. 2018 Risk factors for nongenetic colorectal cancer include red meat, low education, too much alcohol, and too little alcohol. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 20 July 2021 If the fetal genetic test comes back normal, that’s a clue that doctors should explore nongenetic causes, such as a malformation of the uterus or a hormonal issue. NBC News, 10 Feb. 2020 The nongenetic components of aptitude, scrupulousness and ambition matter, too, of course, but most of those environmental and cultural variables were provided by others or circumstances not of your making. Michael Shermer, Scientific American, 1 Nov. 2017 In some places, the surrogate's name will appear on the birth certificate, so after the child is born, the surrogate must legally renounce her parental rights and the nongenetic father must legally adopt the child. Esquire, 24 June 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nongenetic was in 1914

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“Nongenetic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


non·​ge·​net·​ic -jə-ˈnet-ik How to pronounce nongenetic (audio)
: not genetic
nongenetic diseases
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