homeobox gene

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


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.

Origin of homeobox gene

First recorded in 1985–90; homeo- + box1
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