Definitions

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

  • adj. Formed, originating, or occurring on or just below the surface of the earth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. foreign; unusual; not natural to the substance in which it was found.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the region just below the surface of the earth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Foreign; unnatural; unusual; -- said of forms of crystals not natural to the substances in which they are found.
  • adj. Formed originating on the surface of the earth; -- opposed to hypogene.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In geology, formed or originating on the surface of the earth: opposed to hypogene: as, epigene rocks.
  • In crystallography, foreign; unnatural; unusual: said of forms of crystals not natural to the substances in which they are found.

Etymologies

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

French épigène, from Greek epigenēs, growing after : epi-, epi- + -genēs, -born; see genə- in Indo-European roots.

Examples

  • DNA was a great discovery, but it opened up the mystery of the epigene, "soft inheritance" and the confusing dynamics of genetic interaction.

    Deepak Chopra: Winning Back the Future: Here's How! -- Part 2

  • As the molecule of spar is entirely different in form from the molecule of lime, the form of the crystal is not absolutely preserved, and there are observed on the edges of the epigene crystal certain grooves which correspond with a loss of substance.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 286, June 25, 1881

  • One suggestion was that trauma syndromes may be rooted in the epigene, which appears to be not the keyboard of inheritance, but the piano player.

    prairiemary

  • Some afflictions that are caused by an epigene that's turned off a gene when it should be on, or vice versa, have been "cured" by finding the malfunctioning epigene and replacing it with a better version.

    prairiemary

  • Still, what if such a thing as a "make love not war" (assuming those two things are not totally entwined) gene or epigene existed and such things as "love potions" (Cree medicine) were possible?

    prairiemary

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