[ juh-net-ik ]
/ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk /


Biology. pertaining or according to genetics.
of, relating to, or produced by genes; genic.
of, relating to, or influenced by geneses or origins.
Also ge·net·i·cal.

Origin of genetic

First recorded in 1825–35; gene(sis) + -tic
Related forms

Definition for genetic (2 of 2)


a suffix of adjectives corresponding to nouns ending in -genesis: parthenogenetic. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for genetic



/ (dʒɪˈnɛtɪk) /


of or relating to genetics, genes, or the origin of something
Derived Formsgenetically, adverb

Word Origin for genetic

C19: from genesis
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Word Origin and History for genetic



"pertaining to origins," coined 1831 by Carlyle from Greek genetikos "genitive," from genesis "origin" (see genus). Biological sense first recorded in Darwin, 1859. Related: Genetically. Genetical is attested from 1650s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for genetic


[ jə-nĕtĭk ]


Of or relating to genetics or genes.
Affecting or affected by genes, as a disorder or deficiency.
Of, relating to, or influenced by the origin or development of something; ontogenic.
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