genetic "pertaining to origins," coined 1831 by Carlyle from Gk. genetikos "genitive," from genesis "origin" (see GENUS (Cf. genus)). Biological sense first recorded in Darwin, 1859. Related: Genetically. Genetical is attested from 1650s.

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