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genome

Pronunciation: je'nom, -nom

Definition:

  1. A complete set of chromosomes derived from one parent, the haploid number of a gamete.
  2. The total gene complement of a set of chromosomes found in higher life forms (the haploid set in a eukaryotic cell), or the functionally similar but simpler linear arrangements found in bacteria and viruses.

[gene + -ome, suffix denoting a defined system or microcosm, fr. G. -oma, noun suffix]

See Also: Human Genome Project

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