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gene

noun [C] uk   /dʒiːn/ us  
C1 a part of the DNA in a cell that controls the physical development, behaviour, etc. of an individual plant or animal and is passed on from its parents: The illness is believed to be caused by a defective gene.GeneticsInnate and congenital
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