What are Genetic Disorders? - Definitions & Descriptions


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A genetic disorder that affects a single gene is categorized as a:

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1. Genetic disorders that are caused by structural changes to a chromosome or excesses or deficiencies of entire genes located on chromosomes are called:

2. A group of genetic disorders that combine improper genetic variations in code with environmental factors to produce disease are known as:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Genetic disorders are widespread and come in many different variations. When you take this quiz you'll be testing how well you understand these different mutations and will be given a chance to assess if you have any gaps in your knowledge of genetic disorders.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These review materials will test you on:

  • Multifactorial inheritance disorders
  • Monogetic disorders
  • Chromosomal disorders

Skills Practiced

Use the quiz and worksheet to practice these skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as multifactorial inheritance disorder and chromosomal disorder
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about gene variation
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of the relationship between diet and symptom manifestation

Additional Learning

The accompanying video lesson titled What are Genetic Disorders? - Definitions and Descriptions can teach you more about genetic disorders and their attributes. Watch or read that lesson to:

  • Learn an analogy that makes understanding genetic disorders easier
  • Study what it means for a genetic disorder to be dominant or recessive
  • Define monogenetic disorders
  • Identify the key characteristics of chromosomal disorders
  • Study the attributes of multifactorial inheritance disorders