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

episomal

play \ˌe-pə-ˈsō-məl, -ˈzō-\ adjective

episomally

play \ˌe-pə-ˈsō-mə-lē, -ˈzō-\ adverb

First Known Use of episome

circa 1931


Medical Dictionary

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

episomal

play \ˌep-ə-ˈsō-məl, -ˈzō-\ adjective

episomally

play \-mə-lē\ adverb

Learn More about episome


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up episome? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

pleasing or sweet sound

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Forms of Government Quiz

  • knupfer-painting-solon-before-croesus
  • A gerontocracy is rule by:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!