Definition of genetic in English:

genetic

adjective

  • 1Relating to genes or heredity:

    ‘genetic abnormalities’
    • ‘Nowadays we are more likely to think of them as genes or the genetic inheritance.’
    • ‘The variant genes that cause recessive genetic illnesses tend to be very rare.’
    • ‘Two major kinds of genetic change can affect rates at which genes are expressed.’
    • ‘Dogs having or producing pups which have genetic eye abnormalities should not be bred.’
    • ‘In this case the child needs both copies of a particular gene to develop the genetic condition.’
    • ‘Its evolution is at play here and we are designed to find a partner that increase the genetic strength of the gene pool.’
    • ‘You just can't know whether it's genetic or it's cultural or a combination of both.’
    • ‘On the other hand, red sea bream had large gene flow and small genetic differentiation.’
    • ‘Their cancer might have had nothing to do with genetic mutations of healthy genes.’
    • ‘All of these characters make this species useful as a source of genes for improving the genetic diversity of cultivated wheat.’
    • ‘We're stuck with our genes and our genetic make-up constrains how we react to the world.’
    • ‘Although we are a reflection of our genetic inheritance, we are more than our genes.’
    • ‘She said that while multiple sclerosis was not hereditary or genetic there was a greater chance of developing it if a parent was a sufferer.’
    • ‘This enables scientists to test DNA in embryos before they are implanted for genetic abnormalities.’
    • ‘There is currently no way to screen out all the genetic abnormalities likely to be present in a cloned embryo.’
    • ‘Path diagram for a genetic network of nine genes reconstructed from yeast cell cycle data.’
    • ‘They investigated genetic variations in the gene regulating the enzyme and looked at the impact on farmers.’
    • ‘In the course of the study, we decided to include genetic polymorphisms of DNA repair genes.’
    • ‘Asthma has a genetic component, but genes alone do not account for the recent increase.’
    • ‘The proportion of neonatal deaths attributed to major genetic or congenital abnormalities has increased.’
    genetic, genetical, congenital, inborn, inherent, inherited, inbred, innate, in the family, in the blood, in the genes
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    1. 1.1 Relating to genetics:
      ‘there are fears that genetic techniques could be abused’
      • ‘As a first step, a single gene deletion would be advantageous for reverse genetic analysis.’
      • ‘Such families are rare for the common diseases now at the centre of genetic epidemiological research.’
      • ‘Ecotypes such as Ler, that have been traditionally used for genetic studies, come from that region.’
      • ‘With the discovery of the gene a simple and accurate genetic test became available.’
      • ‘That applies surely to the uses of genetic knowledge and technology in relation to all species.’
      • ‘Only those loci with two or more alleles were included in the population genetic analysis.’
      • ‘They also used a cell culture model and performed genetic analysis in human patients.’
      • ‘His research has relied predominantly on genetic and molecular biology techniques.’
      • ‘There is a report of some recent genetic research at Gene Expression which seems to me to be overinterpreted.’
      • ‘This one explores genetic science, in particular the ethics of selecting genes for our children.’
      • ‘After this, genetic analysis for abnormalities in known genes will be done.’
      • ‘The role of the bicoid gene was first elucidated by a combination of genetic and physical experiments on the Drosophila embryo.’
      • ‘To date, the genetic debate has taken place in the language of the newspaper headline.’
      • ‘The genetic algorithm technique can work, but only because programmers have supplied the goal.’
      • ‘This is a problem common to any population genetic analysis in a nonrecombining region.’
      • ‘It is now cited as the primary source for many basic genetic techniques and approaches.’
      • ‘The genetic symbols of the yellow alleles and their origin were described elsewhere.’
      • ‘Well in this genetic research there are ethical questions that arise from it.’
      • ‘An astonishing number of biochemical and genetic techniques are available to study chromatin behavior.’
      • ‘Researchers have tried various genetic or gene engineering methods to increase photosynthetic ability.’
  • 2Relating to origin, or arising from a common origin:

    ‘the genetic relations between languages’
    • ‘Field relations also rule out a direct genetic link between mantle peridotites and upper crustal rocks exposed on the island.’
    • ‘A genetic relationship between the volcanic units of the Grensen Nose area and tectonics has not been suggested here.’
    • ‘In general, only when the genetic language is translated can we understand what it means.’
    • ‘Numerals and verbs are a very important part of identifying the genetic affiliations of a language.’
    racial, race-related, ethnological, genetic, inherited
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Origin

Mid 19th century (in genetic): from genesis, on the pattern of pairs such as antithesis, antithetic.

Pronunciation

genetic

/dʒəˈnɛtɪk/