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vector

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noun vec·tor \ˈvek-tər\

Medical Definition of vector

  1. 1:  a quantity that has magnitude and direction and that is usually represented by part of a straight line with the given direction and with a length representing the magnitude

  2. 2:  an organism (as an insect) that transmits a pathogen from one organism or source to another <fleas are vectors of plague>—compare carrier 1a

  3. 3:  an agent (as a plasmid or virus) that contains or carries modified genetic material (as recombinant DNA) and can be used to introduce exogenous genes into the genome of an organism

  4. vec·to·ri·al \vek-ˈtōr-ē-əl, -ˈtȯr-\play adjective




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vector

transitive verb vec·tor

Medical Definition of vector

vec·toredvec·tor·ing \-t(ə-)riŋ\play

  1. :  to transmit (a pathogen or disease) from one organism to another :  act as a vector for <a disease vectored by flies>





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