noun, plural in form but singular in construction
phar·​ma·​co·​ge·​net·​ics | \ ˌfär-mə-kō-je-ˈne-tiks How to pronounce pharmacogenetics (audio) \

Definition of pharmacogenetics

: the study of how genetic differences among individuals cause varied responses to a drug

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Recent Examples on the Web Researchers of pharmacogenetics — the science that studies how genetic factors affect reactions to drugs — stress that medicine could produce different results based on race and genetic, socioeconomic and environmental dynamics. NBC News, "A COVID-19 vaccine will work only if trials include Black participants, experts say," 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of pharmacogenetics

1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Pharmacogenetics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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noun plural but singular in construction
phar·​ma·​co·​ge·​net·​ics | \ -jə-ˈnet-iks How to pronounce pharmacogenetics (audio) \

Medical Definition of pharmacogenetics

: the study of how genetic differences among individuals cause varied responses to a drug The major development that is helping to individualize therapy is the continuing advance of pharmacogenetics and its application to clinical problems.— Marcus M. Reidenberg, The Journal of the American Medical Association, 19 June 1991

Other Words from pharmacogenetics

pharmacogenetic \ -​ik How to pronounce pharmacogenetic (audio) \ adjective
pharmacogenetic tests pharmacogenetic variation

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