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[ juh-ner-ik ]
/ dʒəˈnɛr ɪk /
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adjective Also ge·ner·i·cal.

of, applicable to, or referring to all the members of a genus, class, group, or kind; general.
of, relating to, or noting a genus, especially in biology.
(of a word) applicable or referring to both men and women: a generic pronoun.
not protected by trademark registration: “Cola” and “shuttle” are generic terms.

noun

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Origin of generic

1670–80; <Latin gener- (see gender1) + -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for generic

generic

generical

/ (dʒɪˈnɛrɪk) /

adjective

applicable or referring to a whole class or group; general
biology of, relating to, or belonging to a genusthe generic name
denoting the nonproprietary name of a drug, food product, etc

noun

a drug, food product, etc that does not have a trademark

Derived forms of generic

generically, adverb

Word Origin for generic

C17: from French; see genus
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Medical definitions for generic

generic
[ jə-nĕrĭk ]

adj.

Of or relating to a genus.
Relating to or descriptive of an entire group or class; general.
Of or relating to a drug sold under or identified by its official nonproprietary or chemical name.

n.

A drug sold under its generic name.
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