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homeobox gene

[hoh-mee-uh-boks] /ˈhoʊ mi əˌbɒks/
noun
1.
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
1985-1990
1985-90; homeo- + box1
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