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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of a group of genes with a shared nucleotide segment that are involved in the formation of bodily segmentation during embryologic development.

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  • n. Any of several genes that share a common sequence of DNA and are involved in the regulation of morphogenesis

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  • n. one of various similar homeotic genes that are involved in bodily segmentation during embryonic development

Etymologies

homeo(tic gene), a type of developmental control gene in which it is found (from Greek homoiōsis, a being made like, resemblance, from homoioun, to make like, from homoios, like; see homeo-) + box1 (from the fact that its DNA sequence is short and when written can be enclosed by a box on paper).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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