gene Definition

  • 1a unit of heredity that is transferred from a parent to offspring and determines some characteristic of the offspring
  • 2a distinct sequence of nucleotides forming part of a chromosome, the order of which determines the order of monomers in a polypeptide or nucleic acid molecule which a cell (or virus) may synthesize

Using gene: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "gene" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The gene for blue eyes is recessive.

  • Example

    Genes determine an organism's traits.

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    Mutations can alter genes.

  • Example

    The human genome contains about 20,000-25,000 genes.

gene Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for gene

  • unit of heredity
  • genetic code
  • DNA sequence

Phrases with gene

  • the total number of genes of every individual in an interbreeding population


    The gene pool of the endangered species is shrinking.

  • the transplantation of normal genes into cells in place of missing or defective ones in order to correct genetic disorders


    Gene therapy has shown promise in treating certain genetic diseases.

  • the process by which the information encoded in a gene is used to direct the assembly of a protein molecule


    Gene expression can be regulated by various factors.


Summary: gene in Brief

A 'gene' [dʒiːn] is a unit of heredity that determines a characteristic of an offspring. It is a sequence of nucleotides that forms part of a chromosome, determining the order of monomers in a polypeptide or nucleic acid molecule. 'Gene' is used in phrases like 'gene pool,' referring to the total number of genes in a population, and 'gene therapy,' which transplants normal genes to correct genetic disorders.

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