Also ge·nom [jee-nom] /ˈdʒi nɒm/.

Origin of genome

1925–30; < German Genom, equivalent to Gen gene + (Chromos)om chromosome
Related formsge·no·mic [ji-noh-mik, -nom-ik] /dʒɪˈnoʊ mɪk, -ˈnɒm ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. the full complement of genetic material within an organism
  2. all the genes comprising a haploid set of chromosomes
Derived Formsgenomic (dʒɪˈnɒmɪk), adjective

Word Origin for genome

C20: from German Genom, from Gen gene + (chromos) ome
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Word Origin and History for genome

"sum total of genes in a set," 1930, modeled on German genom, coined 1920 by German botanist Hans Winkler, from gen "gene" + (chromos)om "chromosome."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

genome in Medicine


  1. A complete haploid set of chromosomes with its associated genes.
Related formsge•nomic (-nŏmĭk) adj.
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genome in Science


  1. The total amount of genetic information in the chromosomes of an organism, including its genes and DNA sequences. The genome of eukaryotes is made up of a single, haploid set of chromosomes that is contained in the nucleus of every cell and exists in two copies in all cells except reproductive and red blood cells. The human genome is made up of about 20,000 to 25,000 genes. Compare proteome.
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genome in Culture



The sum of all information contained in the DNA for any living thing. The sequence of all the nucleotides in all the chromosomes of an organism.

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