gene - definition and synonyms

 
 
noun [countable] biology 

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/dʒiːn/
singulargene
pluralgenes
  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.