I am currently writing the introduction to my thesis and I want to say that two genes are next to each other. I would like to use the word "proximity" without saying "close proximity" but am unsure whether it implies the closeness that I want the sentence to.

I have read the thread regarding "close proximity" as a tautology and fear that choosing to use it in my thesis will be considered unsophisticated or be marked as poor language usage.

I have considered using "beside" or "next to" as in "the genes are beside/next to each other" but feel that it is too unsophisticated.

In context, this is what I have:

"Both genes are located on chromosome 1 (for example) and their proximity suggests that both are ..."

I'm open to suggestions other than "proximity" as well.

  • You could use "adjacency" instead.
    – Drakon007
    Dec 10, 2018 at 0:54
  • Both genes are located on chromosome 1; their proximity suggesting that both are ...
    – Jim
    Dec 10, 2018 at 3:23

1 Answer 1


Isolation of cellular DNA sequences that allow expression of adjacent genes.

As in the title of this scholarly article from The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, adjacent is used to describe genes next to each other in an experiment.

adjacent TFD

  1. Close to; lying near
  2. Next to; adjoining:

Adjacent, meaning adjoined/next to is moore specific than proximity, even close proximity.

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