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[jee-nohm] /ˈdʒi noʊm/
noun, Genetics.
a full set of chromosomes; all the inheritable traits of an organism.
Also, genom
[jee-nom] /ˈdʒi nɒm/ (Show IPA)
Origin of genome
1925-30; < German Genom, equivalent to Gen gene + (Chromos)om chromosome
Related forms
[ji-noh-mik, -nom-ik] /dʒɪˈnoʊ mɪk, -ˈnɒm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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the full complement of genetic material within an organism
all the genes comprising a haploid set of chromosomes
Derived Forms
genomic (dʒɪˈnɒmɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C20: from German Genom, from Gengene + (chromos)ome
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Word Origin and History for genome

"sum total of genes in a set," 1930, modeled on German genom, coined 1920 by German botanist Hans Winkler, from gen "gene" + (chromos)om "chromosome."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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genome in Medicine

genome ge·nome (jē'nōm') or ge·nom (-nŏm)
A complete haploid set of chromosomes with its associated genes.

ge·nom'ic (-nŏm'ĭk) adj.
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genome in Science
The total amount of genetic information in the chromosomes of an organism, including its genes and DNA sequences. The genome of eukaryotes is made up of a single, haploid set of chromosomes that is contained in the nucleus of every cell and exists in two copies in the chromosomes of all cells except reproductive and red blood cells. The human genome is made up of about 35,000 genes. Compare proteome.
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genome in Culture
genome [(jee-nohm)]

The sum of all information contained in the DNA for any living thing. The sequence of all the nucleotides in all the chromosomes of an organism.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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