Biology Root Words For Geno-

Latin Root: γεννάω (gennáō)

Meaning: Give birth/ to produce

Examples of Root Words Starting with “Geno-”

  • Genotoxicity

Genotoxicity is the property of an agent (chemical) to cause damage to the genetic information, thereby causing mutations that may lead to cancer. Please note, this term is not the same as mutagenicity. However, all mutagens are genotoxic, but not all genotoxic substances are mutagenic.

  • Genotropism

Genotrophism is the reciprocal attraction between carriers of the same or latent recessive gene. The term was coined by Léopold Szondi, a Hungarian psychiatrist in the early 1900’s. Today, this concept is obsolete, however, it has been interpreted in revised forms through studies like psychopathology and homogamy.

  • Genocopy

Genocopy occurs when an identical phenotype is produced by two different genotypes/ genes. An example of genocopy is inherited deafness – where the mutation of any of the dozens of genes critical for the process of perceiving sound will lead to loss of hearing.

  • Genoblast

Genoblast refers to the nucleus of a fertilized oocyte.

  • Genophore

Genophore refers to the genetic material of a prokaryote. It is also called a prokaryotic chromosome.

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