plasmid

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noun plas·mid \ˈplaz-məd\

Definition of plasmid

  1. :  an extrachromosomal ring of DNA especially of bacteria that replicates autonomously

Origin and Etymology of plasmid

plasma + 2-id


First Known Use: 1952


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plasmid

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noun plas·mid \ˈplaz-məd\

Medical Definition of plasmid

  1. :  an extrachromosomal ring of DNA that replicates autonomously and is found especially in bacteria—compare episome


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