recombination

noun
re·​com·​bi·​na·​tion | \ ˌrē-ˌkäm-bə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce recombination (audio) \

Definition of recombination

: the formation by the processes of crossing-over and independent assortment of new combinations of genes in progeny that did not occur in the parents

Other Words from recombination

recombinational \ ˌrē-​ˌkäm-​bə-​ˈnā-​shnəl How to pronounce recombination (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of recombination in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These new genes were likely acquired through a process called DNA recombination. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 21 June 2022 As if mutation wasn’t enough of a problem, the virus has another trick up its sleeve: recombination. Joel Achenbach, Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2022 Like most mutations, most recombination isn't advantageous to the virus. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 11 Mar. 2022 Due to their segmented genomes, Bunyaviruses are capable of swift recombination, increasing the risk of outbreaks. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 3 June 2022 The restructuring came amid the recombination of Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp. to create ViacomCBS. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 This mishmash of subvariants is not unexpected, Rutherford said, and viruses go through such recombination all the time. al, 8 Apr. 2022 This mishmash of subvariants is not unexpected, Rutherford said, and viruses go through such recombination all the time. al, 8 Apr. 2022 The recombination process is the origin of what’s known as omicron XE. Joel Achenbach, Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of recombination

1903, in the meaning defined above

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25 Jul 2022

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“Recombination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recombination. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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recombination

noun
re·​com·​bi·​na·​tion | \ ˌrē-ˌkäm-bə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce recombination (audio) \

Medical Definition of recombination

: the formation by the processes of crossing-over and independent assortment of new combinations of genes in progeny that did not occur in the parents

Other Words from recombination

recombinational \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce recombination (audio) \ adjective

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