Definition of genetic in US English:

genetic

adjective

  • 1Relating to genes or heredity.

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

Mid 19th century (in genetic (sense 2)): from genesis, on the pattern of pairs such as antithesis, antithetic.

Pronunciation

genetic

/jəˈnedik//dʒəˈnɛdɪk/