Meaning of “genetic” in the English Dictionary

"genetic" in British English

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uk /dʒəˈnet.ɪk/ us /dʒəˈnet̬.ɪk/

C1 belonging or relating to genes (= parts of the DNA in cells) received by each animal or plant from its parents:

a genetic defect/disease

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  • Cystic fibrosis is caused by a genetic defect.
  • There are tests which can establish a baby's genetic endowment.
  • Sexual reproduction serves to create genetic variety.
  • I'm giving a seminar on the latest developments in genetic research next week.
  • The condition is a genetic inheritance.
adverb uk /dʒəˈnet.ɪ.kəl.i/ us /dʒəˈnet̬.ɪ.kəl.i/

(Definition of “genetic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"genetic" in American English

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us /dʒəˈnet̬·ɪk/

biology relating to the biological process by which the characteristics of living things are passed from parents to children

adverb us /dʒəˈnet̬·ɪ·kli/

genetically engineered plants

(Definition of “genetic” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)