any of a group of DNA sequences found in certain genes and involved in determining the development of specific organs, tissues, etc. of animal embryos
A short DNA sequence contained within all homeobox genes that codes for a specific amino acid sequence that binds to DNA and regulates transcription.
Origin of homeoboxhomeo(tic gene) box 1 ( from the fact that the DNA sequence is short and when written can be enclosed by a box on paper )
From homeo- + box.