homeobox gene

[ hoh-mee-uh-boks ]
/ ˈhoʊ mi əˌbɒks /

noun

any of a group of genes whose function is to divide the early embryo into bands of cells with the potential to become specific organs or tissues.

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Origin of homeobox gene

First recorded in 1985–90; homeo- + box1
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Medical definitions for homeobox gene

homeobox gene
[ hōmē-ə-bŏks′ ]

n.

A DNA sequence in a homeotic gene that encodes for a specific sequence of amino acids in a protein.
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