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genic

[jen-ik] /ˈdʒɛn ɪk/
adjective, Biology.
1.
of, pertaining to, resembling, or arising from a gene or genes.
Origin of genic
1920-1925
First recorded in 1920-25; gene + -ic

-genic

1.
a combining form often corresponding to nouns ending in -gen, or -geny, with the following senses: “producing or causing” (hallucinogenic); “produced or caused by” (cosmogenic); “pertaining to a gene or genes” (polygenic); “pertaining to suitability for reproduction by a medium” (telegenic).
Compare -genous.
Origin
See origin at -gen, -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for genic

genic

/ˈdʒɛnɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a gene or genes

-genic

combining form
1.
relating to production or generation: carcinogenic
2.
well suited to or suitable for: photogenic
Word Origin
from -gen + -ic
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Word Origin and History for genic

-genic

word-forming element meaning "producing;" see -gen + -ic.

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genic in Medicine

genic gen·ic (jē'nĭk, jěn'ĭk)
adj.
Of, relating to, produced by, or being genes or a gene.

-genic suff.

  1. Producing; generating: carcinogenic.

  2. Produced or generated by: cryptogenic.

  3. Suitable for production or reproduction by a specified medium: photogenic.

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