adjective Biology.

  1. of, pertaining to, resembling, or arising from a gene or genes.

  1. a combining form often corresponding to nouns ending in -gen or -geny, with the following senses: “producing or causing” (hallucinogenic); “produced or caused by” (cosmogenic); “pertaining to a gene or genes” (polygenic); “pertaining to suitability for reproduction by a medium” (telegenic).


  1. of or relating to a gene or genes

adj combining form

  1. relating to production or generationcarcinogenic
  2. well suited to or suitable forphotogenic

word-forming element meaning “producing;” see -gen + -ic.


  1. Of, relating to, produced by, or being genes or a gene.


  1. Producing; generating:carcinogenic.
  2. Produced or generated by:cryptogenic.
  3. Suitable for production or reproduction by a specified medium:photogenic.

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