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Definition of "monogenic" []

  • Of or relating to monogenesis; monogenetic. (adjective)
  • Relating to monogenism. (adjective)
  • Of or regulated by one gene or one of a pair of allelic genes. (adjective)
  • Producing offspring of only one sex, as some species of aphids. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "monogenic" in a sentence
  • "Prenatal tests for some of these single-gene maladies -- known as monogenic diseases -- are available today, but they require a needle to be inserted into the mother's womb and therefore carry a small risk of miscarriage."
  • "These so-called monogenic conditions — diseases like hemochromatosis (where the body absorbs too much iron) or Huntington's disease — are easy to research, because the associations are pretty much binary."
  • ""Recent advances in genetics such as the identification of the responsible genes for several forms of Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY), now referred to as monogenic diabetes, have established precedents linking specific drug therapies to defined subtypes of diabetes patients," said Robert Smith, MD, of Brown University in Providence, R.I. and co-author of the statement."
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