Meaning of homeobox gene

ho'me•o•box gene"

Pronunciation: (hō'mē-u-boks"), [key]
  1. any of a group of genes whose function is to divide the early embryo into bands of cells with the potential to become specific organs or tissues.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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