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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.
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Origin of cytogenetics

First recorded in 1930–35; cyto- + genetics
Related formscy·to·ge·net·ic, cy·to·ge·net·i·cal, adjectivecy·to·ge·net·i·cal·ly, adverbcy·to·ge·net·i·cist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cytogenetics


  1. (functioning as singular) the branch of genetics that correlates the structure, number, and behaviour of chromosomes with heredity and variation
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Derived Formscytogenetic, adjectivecytogenetically, adverbcytogeneticist, noun
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cytogenetics in Medicine


  1. The branch of biology that deals with heredity and the cellular components, particularly chromosomes, associated with heredity.
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Related formscy′to•ge•neti•cist (-ĭ-sĭst) n.
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cytogenetics in Science


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