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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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for genetically
  • Animals are scarce and must be genetically engineered.
  • They've done it to several species- many of them closer to humans genetically than cats.
  • And for reasons that wouldn't become clear until much later, they were easier to manipulate genetically than other rodents.
  • Now a way has been found to make greener tyres by using genetically modified bugs to produce isoprene biologically.
  • genetically modified crops will neither feed the world nor wreck the planet.
  • Whether the inbuilt chemical protection of such genetically modified crops has reduced the use of pesticide is highly contested.
  • When it comes to the regulation of genetically modified crops, however, things are rather less harmonious.
  • They admitted destroying six acres of genetically modified maize.
  • He is also attaching bits to enzymes that are not genetically encoded.
  • These attributes are genetically programmed functions of normal cells that are intended to combat infection or repair injury.
British Dictionary definitions for genetically


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 genetically



"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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genetically 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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