loci loci  /ˈloʊ ki/


  1. (n) the scene of any event or action (especially the place of a meeting)
  2. (n) the specific site of a particular gene on its chromosome
  3. (n) the set of all points or lines that satisfy or are determined by specific conditions



  1. In past outbreaks, including SARS in 2003, hospitals were actually loci of infections all those sick people in close proximity and the same could be true of swine flu.
  2. The magic of London resides in this genius loci, or spirit of place.
  3. They are the loci of 220,000 substandard housing unitsrotting tenements and rooming houses.


  • This Week in PNAS

    In the early, online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , a team from the US and China report on the identification of quantitative trait loci in soybean that coincide with resistance to a pesky pest known as the southern root-knot nematode.
    on July 30, 2013     Source: GenomeWeb News


  1. "When we look at a screening of genes for osteoporosis and low-impact fractures, we find five loci in the genome, and a couple of them fall into very well-known areas associated with the formation of bone," said researcher Dr. Kari Stefansson,...
    on Apr 29, 2008 By: Kari Stefansson Source: U.S. News & World Report

  2. "If you look at the height loci, they are much more likely to be near a gene that causes abnormal skeletal growth, than a similarly sized random set of loci," says Joel Hirschhorn, a geneticist at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
    on Oct 7, 2009 By: Joel Hirschhorn Source: Nature.com (subscription)

  3. "There's a genius loci in theatre spaces," says the actor Simon Callow. "It's a sort of magic: proportions that create energies. That's the problem with the Olivier and the Lyttelton: there's no magic in the National, except in the one...
    on Jan 20, 2004 By: Simon Callow Source: guardian.co.uk

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