recombinant

adjective
re·​com·​bi·​nant | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈkäm-bə-nənt How to pronounce recombinant (audio) \

Definition of recombinant

1 : relating to or exhibiting genetic recombination recombinant progeny
2a : relating to or containing genetically engineered DNA
b : produced by genetic engineering recombinant bovine growth hormone

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recombinant noun

Examples of recombinant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When Chinese scientists posted the genetic sequence of the new coronavirus in January, researchers at Novavax started working on recombinant technology to make a synthetic version of the virus. Katie Thomas, New York Times, "More Coronavirus Vaccines and Treatments Move Toward Human Trials," 8 Apr. 2020 First, recombinant strains that are candidates for a vaccine have to be created in a lab. Michael Reschke, Indianapolis Star, "IU researcher working on COVID-19 vaccine for infants," 5 Apr. 2020 The boost contained a recombinant version of the surface protein mixed with an immune system booster, or adjuvant, called alum. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Another HIV vaccine strategy fails in large-scale study," 2 Feb. 2020 Another hit came in the 1990s when a national controversy erupted over the practice of injecting dairy cows with rBGH — recombinant bovine growth hormone. jsonline.com, "Americans love soda, fancy water and fake milk. Can the dairy industry keep up?," 7 Jan. 2020 Two vaccines can help prevent a shingles infection: the zoster vaccine live (ZVL) and the recombinant zoster vaccine (RZV), according to the CDC. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "Here Are All the Vaccines You Actually Need as an Adult," 26 Aug. 2019 Soleimani had reached out to Mahboobe Ghaedi, a permanent US resident from Iran who has worked in stem cell research and regenerative medicine at several American universities, about getting some recombinant proteins, the indictment says. Kat Brumback, BostonGlobe.com, "Iranian scientists accused of violating US sanctions," 7 July 2019 Impossible Burger has an ingredient that comes from recombinant organisms that is artificial that might put some people off. Angela Chen, The Verge, "These are the technology advances that could end animal farming," 9 Nov. 2018 The Pfenex technology is a proprietary method of making proteins through recombinant genetic technology. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Pfenex raises $39.4M for osteoporosis drug," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of recombinant

1940, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of recombinant was in 1940

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“Recombinant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recombinant. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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recombinant

adjective
re·​com·​bi·​nant | \ (ˈ)rē-ˈkäm-bə-nənt How to pronounce recombinant (audio) \

Medical Definition of recombinant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : relating to or exhibiting genetic recombination recombinant progeny
2a : relating to or containing genetically engineered DNA
b : produced by genetic engineering recombinant bovine growth hormone

recombinant

noun

Medical Definition of recombinant (Entry 2 of 2)

: an individual exhibiting recombination

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