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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: ho'me-o-boks

Definition: A highly conserved DNA sequence of about 180 base pairs near the 3' end of specific homeotic genes; it encodes a DNA-binding domain that allows the homeobox proteins to bind to and regulate gene expression in development.

Synonym(s): homeodomain

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