Meddle with; to alter something or damage it.
In the context of the film, a 'valid' is a genetically engineered individual
An 'invalid' is an individual conceived naturally; not genetically engineered
Discriminating against an individual based on their genes
A condition of the eye, commonly called short-sightedness
Another term for invalid. Also called a God-child.
An invalid who adopts the identity of a valid, impersonating them through posession of their genetic material
A derogatory term for a borrowed ladder. It is also a play on the word 'degenerate', meaning an individual of exceedingly low status
An amount of a specified quantity
A scientist who studies the inheritance of traits
Not honest or fair, lacking moral principles
A left-handed boxer, who leads with the right hand
A container, usually made of glass and characteristically used for holding liquid medicines or human samples such as blood.
In the film, Hoovers refer to FBI agents. This refers to their activity of 'hoovering' up human samples, but also to J. Edgar Hoover, the first Director of the FBI.
A device used by musicians to mark time at a selected rate by giving a regular tick