[ jen-ik ]
/ ˈdʒɛn ɪk /

adjective Biology.

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

Origin of genic

First recorded in 1920–25; gene + -ic

Definition for genic (2 of 2)


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for genic (1 of 2)


/ (ˈdʒɛnɪk) /


of or relating to a gene or genes

British Dictionary definitions for genic (2 of 2)


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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Medicine definitions for genic (1 of 2)


[ jēnĭk, jĕnĭk ]


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

Medicine definitions for genic (2 of 2)



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