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

Origin of genetic

First recorded in 1825–35; gene(sis) + -tic
Related formsge·net·i·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·ge·net·ic, adjectivehy·per·ge·net·i·cal, adjectivehy·per·ge·net·i·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·ge·net·i·cal·ness, nounnon·ge·net·ic, adjectivenon·ge·net·i·cal, adjectivenon·ge·net·i·cal·ly, adverb


  1. a suffix of adjectives corresponding to nouns ending in -genesis: parthenogenetic.
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Related Words for genetic

ancestral, historical, hereditary, patrimonial, digenetic, eugenic, genital, matriclinous, sporogenous

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  1. of or relating to genetics, genes, or the origin of something
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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.

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genetic in Medicine


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