[ sahy-toh-juh-net-iks ]

noun(used with a singular verb)
  1. the branch of biology linking the study of genetic inheritance with the study of cell structure, especially for human chromosome analysis for the detection of inheritable diseases.

Origin of cytogenetics

First recorded in 1930–35; cyto- + genetics

Other words from cytogenetics

  • cy·to·ge·net·ic, cy·to·ge·net·i·cal, adjective
  • cy·to·ge·net·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • cy·to·ge·net·i·cist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for cytogenetics


/ (ˌsaɪtəʊdʒɪˈnɛtɪks) /

  1. (functioning as singular) the branch of genetics that correlates the structure, number, and behaviour of chromosomes with heredity and variation

Derived forms of cytogenetics

  • cytogenetic, adjective
  • cytogenetically, adverb
  • cytogeneticist, noun

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Scientific definitions for cytogenetics


[ sī′tō-jə-nĕtĭks ]

  1. The scientific study of the cellular components associated with heredity, especially chromosomes.

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