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Meaning & Definition of Gene in English

English

Gene

/ʤin/

noun

1. (genetics) a segment of dna that is involved in producing a polypeptide chain

  • It can include regions preceding and following the coding dna as well as introns between the exons
  • It is considered a unit of heredity
  • "Genes were formerly called factors"
    synonym:
  • gene
  • ,
  • cistron
  • ,
  • factor