Adjective "gene" definition and examples

(Gene may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


(in informal use) a unit of heredity which is transferred from a parent to offspring and is held to determine some characteristic of the offspring.
  1. 'If your genes code for grey hair at a later time, you will become grey as you get older.'
  2. 'The condition is rare and is caused by the inheritance of an abnormal gene from an affected parent.'
  3. 'The child will be a carrier of the trait if only one gene from the parents is transmitted.'
  4. 'The new analysis confirmed the existence of 1,098 protein-coding genes on the X chromosome.'
  5. 'Proteins encoded by the abnormal genes are then identified and their interactions studied by pathway analyses and probable functions deduced.'

More definitions

1. the basic physical unit of heredity; a linear sequence of nucleotides along a segment of DNA that provides the coded instructions for synthesis of RNA, which, when translated into protein, leads to the expression of hereditary character.

More examples(as adjective)

"vectors can be gene."

"diseases can be gene."

"baculoviruseses can be gene."


Early 20th century: from German Gen, from Pangen, a supposed ultimate unit of heredity (from Greek pan- ‘all’ + genos ‘race, kind, offspring’).