homeobox gene

homeobox gene

[hoh-mee-uh-boks]
noun
any of a group of genes whose function is to divide the early embryo into bands of cells with the potential to become specific organs or tissues.

Origin:
1985–90; homeo- + box1

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homeobox gene

noun
one of various similar homeotic genes that are involved in bodily segmentation during embryonic development [syn: homeobox
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