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epigenetics

[ ep-i-juh-net-iks ]
/ ˌɛp ɪ dʒəˈnɛt ɪks /
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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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Origin of epigenetics

1942; coined by Conrad H. Waddington, 1905–75, British biologist; blend of epigenesis and genetics
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British Dictionary definitions for epigenetics

epigenetics
/ (ˌɛpɪdʒɪˈnɛtɪks) /

noun (functioning as sing)

the study of heritable changes that occur without a change in the DNA sequence
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Scientific definitions for epigenetics

epigenetics
[ ĕp′ĭ-jə-nĕtĭks ]

The study of heritable changes in gene expression caused by factors such as DNA methylation rather than by a change in the sequence of base pairs in DNA itself.
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