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GENETIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does genetic mean? 

GENETIC (adjective)
  The adjective GENETIC has 4 senses:

1. tending to occur among members of a family usually by heredity
2. of or relating to or produced by or being a gene
3. pertaining to or referring to origin
4. of or relating to the science of genetics

  Familiarity information: GENETIC used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


GENETIC (adjective)


Sense 1genetic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tending to occur among members of a family usually by heredity

Synonyms:

genetic; hereditary; inherited; familial; transmissible; transmitted

Context examples:

an inherited disease / familial traits / genetically transmitted features

Similar:

heritable; inheritable (that can be inherited)


Sense 2genetic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to or produced by or being a gene

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

genetical; genic; genetic

Context examples:

genic combinations / genetic code

Pertainym:

gene ((genetics) a segment of DNA that is involved in producing a polypeptide chain; it can include regions preceding and following the coding DNA as well as introns between the exons; it is considered a unit of heredity)


Sense 3genetic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pertaining to or referring to origin

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

genetic history reconstructs the origins of a literary work

Pertainym:

origin (an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events)


Sense 4genetic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to the science of genetics

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

genetical; genetic

Context example:

genetic research

Pertainym:

genetics (the branch of biology that studies heredity and variation in organisms)


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