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English noun: gene

1. gene (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


SamplesGenes were formerly called factors.


Synonymscistron, factor


Broader (hypernym)sequence


Narrower (hyponym)allele, allelomorph, dominant gene, genetic marker, holandric gene, homeotic gene, lethal gene, linkage group, linked genes, modifier, modifier gene, mutant gene, nonallele, oncogene, operator gene, polygene, proto-oncogene, recessive gene, regulator gene, regulatory gene, repressor gene, structural gene, suppresser, suppresser gene, suppressor, suppressor gene, transforming gene, transgene, X-linked gene, Y-linked gene


Part meronymchromosome, deoxyribonucleic acid, desoxyribonucleic acid, DNA


Domain categorygenetic science, genetics, molecular biology









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