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amentia serious mental retardation, caused by genetic factors. (Cf. dementia.)
atopic of or relating to a genetic tendency to develop allergic reactions.
atopy a genetic tendency to develop allergic reactions that is typically associated with a heightened immune response to certain allergens.
chlorosis an abnormal yellowing or color loss in green plant tissue because of insufficient light or nutrition, genetic disorder, or disease that results in deficient chlorophyll production. [1/2 definitions]
clone to become, or be the ancestor of, an exact genetic duplicate. [1/5 definitions]
cross-pollination the transfer of pollen, as by bees, from one flower to another of different genetic composition, resulting in the production of a hybrid; cross-fertilization.
cytoplasm inherited genetic material in a cell not specified by its own nucleus. [1/2 definitions]
cytosine the pyrimidine base of the nucleotide cytidine, an essential component of the genetic material DNA and RNA.
drosophila the common fruit fly, used esp. in genetic experiments.
eugenics (used with a sing. verb) the study of or belief in the genetic improvement of the human race through control of breeding.
fancier one who breeds a plant or animal to improve its genetic makeup. [1/2 definitions]
genetic engineering the science or practice of altering the genetic code transmitted by living organisms by splicing and recombining specific genetic units from their DNA.
genetics (used with a pl. verb) the genetic makeup of an organism or group of organisms. [1/2 definitions]
genotype the genetic makeup of a living creature. (Cf. phenotype.) [2 definitions]
heredity the genetic transmission of traits or tendencies from parent to offspring. [1/2 definitions]
high technology any technology that requires or involves sophisticated techniques or equipment, such as genetic engineering or microelectronics; high-tech.
inherit to receive by genetic transmission through a parent. [1/5 definitions]
inheritance the genetic process of passing characteristics to succeeding generations, or the characteristics thus transmitted. [1/4 definitions]
lymphedema swelling and fluid accumulation in soft tissue that most commonly results from cancer treatment or parasitic infection but may also result from a genetic condition.
multifactorial of, relating to, or involving a biological condition or disease that is influenced by both genetic and environmental factors.
nongenetic combined form of genetic.