from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to genetics or genes.
  • adj. Affecting or determined by genes: genetic diseases.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or influenced by the origin or development of something.
  • adj. Linguistics Of or relating to the relationship between or among languages that are descendants of the same protolanguage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. relating to genetics or genes
  • adj. caused by genes
  • adj. of or relating to origin (genesis)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Same as genetical.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to genes or genetics.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to genesis in any way; as regards origin or mode of production.
  • Thè definition of a natural kind by means of an explanation of how such things first came to be.
  • n. A medicine which acts on the sexual organs.
  • An element in recent adjectives which correspond to nouns in -genesis (see genesis) and -geny (see -geny), as biogenetic, phylogenetic, etc. See genetic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or produced by or being a gene
  • adj. pertaining to or referring to origin
  • adj. occurring among members of a family usually by heredity
  • adj. of or relating to the science of genetics


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Greek genetikos, genitive, from genesis, origin; see genesis.


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