- the branch of biology that deals with heredity and variation in similar or related animals and plants
- the genetic features or constitution of an individual, group, or kind
Origin of geneticsgenet(ic) + -ics: coined by W. Bateson (1861-1926), Eng biologist
- used with a sing. verb The branch of biology that deals with heredity, especially the mechanisms of hereditary transmission and the variation of inherited characteristics among similar or related organisms.
- used with a pl. verb The genetic constitution of an individual, group, or class.
Ancient Greek γένεσις (genesis, “origin”). Ultimately from γίγνομαι (gignomai, “I come into being”).