- 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
genet(ic) + -ics
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- (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.
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