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noun Biology.

any characteristic of an individual organism that is genetically determined.

Nearby words

  1. phenarsazine chloride,
  2. phenate,
  3. phenazine,
  4. phenazopyridine,
  5. phencyclidine,
  6. phenelzine,
  7. phenethyl alcohol,
  8. phenetic,
  9. phenetics,
  10. phenetidine

Origin of phene

extracted from phenotype, or directly < Greek phaínein to show, (passive) to appear Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for phene


as an element in names of chemicals derived from benzene, from French phène, proposed 1836 by French scientist Auguste Laurent as an alternative name for "benzene" because it had been found in coal tar, a byproduct of the manufacture of "illuminating gas," from Greek phainein "to bring to light," (see phantasm). Related: Phenyl (radical which forms the basis of derivatives of benzene); pheno- (comb. form).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper