Biology. pertaining or according to genetics.
of, pertaining to, or produced by genes; genic.
of, pertaining to, or influenced by geneses or origins.
Also, genetical.

1825–35; gene(sis) + -tic

genetically, adverb
hypergenetic, adjective
hypergenetical, adjective
hypergenetically, adverb
hypergeneticalness, noun
nongenetic, adjective
nongenetical, adjective
nongenetically, adverb Unabridged


a suffix of adjectives corresponding to nouns ending in -genesis:, parthenogenetic. Unabridged
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genetic or genetical (dʒɪˈnɛtɪk)
of or relating to genetics, genes, or the origin of something
[C19: from genesis]
genetical or genetical
[C19: from genesis]
ge'netically or genetical

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Word Origin & History

"pertaining to origins," coined 1831 by Carlyle from Gk. genetikos "genitive," from genesis "origin" (see genus). Biological sense first recorded in Darwin, 1859. Genetics (patterned on ethics, etc.) is 1872 meaning "laws of origination," 1905 for "study of heredity," a coinage
of Eng. biologist William Bateson (1861-1926).
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Medical Dictionary

genetic ge·net·ic (jə-nět'ĭk) or ge·net·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)

  1. Of or relating to genetics or genes.

  2. Affecting or affected by genes, as a disorder or deficiency.

  3. Of, relating to, or influenced by the origin or development of something; ontogenic.

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Example sentences
Genetic research finally makes its way into the thinking of sociologists.
Determining the rate of genetic change allowed the scientists to determine how
  long ago the right whale split into three species.
Law would bar insurers and employers from discriminating based on genetic
Your study was the first to characterize patterns of genetic diversity and
  natural selection in the elephant.
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