episome

noun
epi·​some | \ˈe-pə-ˌsōm, -ˌzōm\

Definition of episome 

: a genetic determinant (such as the DNA of some bacteriophages) that can replicate autonomously in bacterial cytoplasm or as an integral part of the chromosomes

Other Words from episome

episomal \ ˌe-​pə-​ˈsō-​məl , -​ˈzō-​ \ adjective
episomally \ ˌe-​pə-​ˈsō-​mə-​lē , -​ˈzō-​ \ adverb

First Known Use of episome

circa 1931, in the meaning defined above

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episome

noun
epi·​some | \ˈep-ə-ˌsōm, -ˌzōm \

Medical Definition of episome 

: a genetic determinant (as the DNA of some bacteriophages) that can replicate either autonomously in bacterial cytoplasm or as an integral part of their chromosomes — compare plasmid

Other Words from episome

episomal \ ˌep-​ə-​ˈsō-​məl , -​ˈzō-​ \ adjective
episomally \ -​mə-​lē \ adverb

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