[ 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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Example sentences from the Web for epigenetics
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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Scientific definitions for epigenetics
[ ĕp′ĭ-jə-nĕt′ĭks ]
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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