[ jen-ik ]
/ ˈdʒɛn ɪk /

adjective Biology.

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

Nearby words

  1. genghis khan,
  2. genial,
  3. genial tubercle,
  4. geniality,
  5. genially,
  6. genicular,
  7. genicular vein,
  8. geniculate,
  9. geniculate body,
  10. geniculate ganglion

Origin of genic

First recorded in 1920–25; gene + -ic


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


/ (ˈdʒɛnɪk) /


of or relating to a gene or genes


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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Word Origin and History for genic


word-forming element meaning "producing;" see -gen + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for genic


[ jēnĭk, jĕnĭk ]


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



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

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