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Date: 1900-2000
Language: German
Origin: gen, from Greek genos 'birth, kind'

gene

noun
     
gene S2 W2 [countable]
HB a part of a cell in a living thing that controls what it looks like, how it grows, and how it develops. People get their genes from their parents:
human genes
the genes that regulate cell division

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