homeobox

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From homeo- +‎ box.

Noun[edit]

homeobox (plural homeoboxes)

  1. (genetics) A short sequence of DNA that is shared by several genes involved in the morphogenesis of many organisms.
    • 1999, Matt Ridley, Genome, Harper Perennial 2004, p. 176:
      When he looked in mice, there it was again: almost exactly the same 180-letter string – the homeobox.

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