episome

noun
epi·​some | \ ˈe-pə-ˌsōm How to pronounce episome (audio) , -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

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Other Words from episome

episomal \ ˌe-​pə-​ˈsō-​məl How to pronounce episomal (audio) , -​ˈzō-​ \ adjective
episomally \ ˌe-​pə-​ˈsō-​mə-​lē How to pronounce episomally (audio) , -​ˈzō-​ \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web The latent virus may integrate into the human genome – as does HIV, for example – or exist in the nucleus as a self-replicating piece of DNA called an episome. William Petri, The Conversation, "Does coronavirus linger in the body? What we know about how viruses in general hang on in the brain and testicles," 31 July 2020

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First Known Use of episome

circa 1931, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of episome was circa 1931

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“Episome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/episome. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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episome

noun
epi·​some | \ ˈep-ə-ˌsōm How to pronounce episome (audio) , -ˌzōm How to pronounce episome (audio) \

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 How to pronounce episomal (audio) , -​ˈzō-​ How to pronounce episomal (audio) \ adjective
episomally \ -​mə-​lē How to pronounce episomally (audio) \ adverb

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