Pronunciation: je'nom, -nom
- A complete set of chromosomes derived from one parent, the haploid number of a gamete.
- 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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Examples: glitazone, GI cocktail, etc.