[ ep-i-juh-net-iks ]
/ ˌɛp ɪ dʒəˈnɛt ɪks /
noun (used with a singular verb)
Genetics. the study of the process by which genetic information is translated into the substance and behavior of an organism: specifically, the study of the way in which the expression of heritable traits is modified by environmental influences or other mechanisms without a change to the DNA sequence.
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This process, known as epigenetics, involves the addition of small chemical tags known as methyl groups to the DNA double helix.
British Dictionary definitions for epigenetics
/ (ˌɛpɪdʒɪˈnɛtɪks) /
noun (functioning as sing)
the study of heritable changes that occur without a change in the DNA sequence
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