- The definition of a gene is a unit on a chromosome that determines a specific trait in an organism, or a male's name.
- An example of a gene is a chromosome unit that determines a person's eye color.
- An example of a man named Gene is the actor Gene Wilder.
Genetics any of the units occurring at specific points on the chromosomes, by which hereditary characters are transmitted and determined: each is regarded as a particular state of organization of the chromatin in the chromosome, consisting primarily of DNA and protein
Origin of gene; from German gen, short for pangen (; from pan-, pan- + -gen, -gen, after pangenesis)
a masculine name
A hereditary unit consisting of a sequence of DNA that occupies a specific location on a chromosome and is transcribed into an RNA molecule that may function directly or be translated into an amino acid chain. Genes undergo mutation when their DNA sequences change.
Origin of geneGerman Gen, from gen-, begetting, in Greek words (such as genos, race, offspring); see gen&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
Variant of –gen.
Variant of -gen
- something that produces: hydrogen
- something produced (in a specified way): pathogen
Origin of -genFrench -gène ; from Classical Greek -genēs, born ; from base of gignesthai, to be born, become: see genus