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Related to lethal factor: Bacillus anthracis toxin
a disorder that prevents effective reproduction by those affected; for example, Klinefelter syndrome.
ge·net·ic le·thal(jĕ-net'ik lē'thăl)
A disorder that prevents effective reproduction by those affected.
1. A gene or an abnormality in genetic composition that causes death of a zygote or of an individual before reproductive age.
2. A protein made by Bacillus anthracis. It splits signal transduction proteins within infected cells, resulting in cellular dysfunction and death.
See also: factor