genic

[ jen-ik ]
/ ˈdʒɛn ɪk /

adjective Biology.

of, pertaining to, resembling, or arising from a gene or genes.

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Origin of genic

First recorded in1920–25; gene + -ic

Definition for genic (2 of 2)

-genic

a combining form often corresponding to nouns ending in -gen or -geny, with the following senses: “producing or causing” (hallucinogenic); “produced or caused by” (cosmogenic); “pertaining to a gene or genes” (polygenic); “pertaining to suitability for reproduction by a medium” (telegenic).
Compare -genous.

Origin of -genic

see origin at -gen, -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for genic (1 of 2)

genic
/ (ˈdʒɛnɪk) /

adjective

of or relating to a gene or genes

British Dictionary definitions for genic (2 of 2)

-genic

adj combining form

relating to production or generationcarcinogenic
well suited to or suitable forphotogenic

Word Origin for -genic

from -gen + -ic
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Medical definitions for genic (1 of 2)

genic
[ jēnĭk, jĕnĭk ]

adj.

Of, relating to, produced by, or being genes or a gene.

Medical definitions for genic (2 of 2)

-genic

suff.

Producing; generating:carcinogenic.
Produced or generated by:cryptogenic.
Suitable for production or reproduction by a specified medium:photogenic.
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