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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is the most common nongenetic cause of childhood deafness in the country. John Ingold, The Denver Post, 2 Feb. 2017 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Nongenetic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


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