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Princeton's WordNet

  1. genetics, genetic science(noun)

    the branch of biology that studies heredity and variation in organisms


  1. genetics(Noun)

    The branch of biology that deals with the transmission and variation of inherited characteristics, in particular chromosomes and DNA.

    Etymology: γένεσις. Ultimately from γίγνομαι.

  2. genetics(Noun)

    The genetic makeup of a specific individual or species.

    Etymology: γένεσις. Ultimately from γίγνομαι.


  1. Genetics

    Genetics, a discipline of biology, is the science of genes, heredity, and variation in living organisms. Genetics deals with the molecular structure and function of genes, gene behavior in the context of a cell or organism, patterns of inheritance from parent to offspring, and gene distribution, variation and change in populations, such as through Genome-Wide Association Studies. Given that genes are universal to living organisms, genetics can be applied to the study of all living systems, from viruses and bacteria, through plants and domestic animals, to humans. The fact that living things inherit traits from their parents has been used since prehistoric times to improve crop plants and animals through selective breeding. However, the modern science of genetics, which attempts to understand the process of inheritance, only began with the work of Gregor Mendel in the mid-19th century. Although he did not know the physical basis for heredity, Mendel observed that organisms inherit traits by way of discrete units of inheritance, which are now called genes.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Genetics

    The branch of science concerned with the means and consequences of transmission and generation of the components of biological inheritance. (Stedman, 26th ed)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of genetics in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of genetics in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of genetics in a Sentence

  1. Bernard Vallat:

    History has shown that animal diseases have often been used as weapons before. Advances in genetics can now make them even more harmful. So we are calling for further investment to be made at national level on bio security.

  2. Angela Lamb:

    Genetics play the largest role in when you will start going gray.

  3. Brendan Zietsch:

    Because siblings share 50 % of their genetics, if there was a genetic underpinning of offspring sex determination we would see an association between siblings with regard to offspring sex, however, siblings did not tend to have offspring of the same sex -- the probability of having, say, a girl, did not depend on whether one's siblings had a girl or a boy.

  4. David Llewellyn:

    Some people believe it's inevitable they'll develop dementia because of their genetics, (But) you may be able to substantially reduce your dementia risk by living a healthy lifestyle.

  5. Vincent Janik:

    Seals are the only mammals we know of now that use the same mechanisms, finding other mammals that use their vocal tract in the same way as us to modify sounds informs us on how vocal skills are influenced by genetics and learning and can ultimately help to develop new methods to study speech disorders.

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