R factor

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noun \ˈär-\

Definition of R factor

  1. :  a group of genes present in some bacteria that provide a basis for resistance to antibiotics and can be transferred from cell to cell by conjugation

Origin and Etymology of r factor

resistance


First Known Use: 1944


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R factor

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noun \ˈär-\

Medical Definition of R factor

  1. :  a group of genes present in some bacteria that provide a basis for resistance to antibiotics and can be transferred from cell to cell by conjugation


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