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noun [countable] biology gene pronunciation in British English /dʒiːn/ 
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  1. a pattern of chemicals within a cell that carries information about the qualities passed to a living thing from its parents
    gene for:

    a gene for breast cancer (=that makes you likely to get it)

    in the genes (=passed through the genes):

    He believes that shyness is in the genes.

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