Definition of


  1. (noun, body) (genetics) a segment of DNA that is involved in producing a polypeptide chain; it can include regions preceding and following the coding DNA as well as introns between the exons; it is considered a unit of heredity

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Synonyms of Gene

cistron, factor

Origin of the word Gene

  1. 1911, from Ger. Gen, coined 1905 by Dan. scientist Wilhelm Ludvig Johannsen (1857-1927), from Gk. genea "generation, race" (see genus). De Vries had earlier called them pangenes. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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