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[juh-net-ik] /dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/
Biology. pertaining or according to genetics.
of, relating to, or produced by genes; genic.
of, relating to, or influenced by geneses or origins.
Also, genetical.
Origin of genetic
1825-35; gene(sis) + -tic
Related forms
genetically, adverb
hypergenetic, adjective
hypergenetical, adjective
hypergenetically, adverb
hypergeneticalness, noun
nongenetic, adjective
nongenetical, adjective
nongenetically, adverb


a suffix of adjectives corresponding to nouns ending in -genesis:
parthenogenetic. Unabridged
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  • 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 testing.
  • Your study was the first to characterize patterns of genetic diversity and natural selection in the elephant.
  • Californians' genetic testing options are shrinking.
  • Scientists have deciphered a second genetic code that has eluded molecular biologists for two decades.
  • More than this, they found that there is a genetic movement in the direction of increased weight and shorter height.
  • Tying that knowledge to the exact genetic sequence will be a big step forward.
  • Breed your own bacteria colony to experiment with genetic engineering.
  • New genetic findings suggest that early humans living about one million years ago were extremely close to extinction.
British Dictionary definitions for genetic


of or relating to genetics, genes, or the origin of something
Derived Forms
genetically, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from genesis
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Word Origin and History for genetic

"pertaining to origins," coined 1831 by Carlyle from Greek genetikos "genitive," from genesis "origin" (see genus). Biological sense first recorded in Darwin, 1859. Related: Genetically. Genetical is attested from 1650s.

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genetic in Medicine

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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