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Any of various genes that determine the type or location of a body part during an organism's development, especially in the early embryonic development of vertebrates.
[Greek homoiōsis, a being made like, resemblance, from homoioun, to make like, from homoios, like; see homeo-.]
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|Noun||1.||homeotic gene - one the genes that are involved in embryologic development|
cistron, gene, factor - (genetics) a segment of DNA that is involved in producing a polypeptide chain; it can include regions preceding and following the coding DNA as well as introns between the exons; it is considered a unit of heredity; "genes were formerly called factors"
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