: a dominant gene or factor
[International Scientific Vocabulary, from New Latin protogenes primeval, firstborn, from Greek prōtogenēs, from prōt- prot- + -genēs born] : a hypothetical mutable primary unit that is capable of reduplication, is held to have differentiated from nonliving matter, and is regarded as a precursor of living beings

Word History


prot- + gene

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“Protogene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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