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

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Other Words from recombination

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

Examples of recombination in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All of this recombination takes place between DNA molecules. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "SARS-CoV-2 looks like a hybrid of viruses from two different species," 1 June 2020 In cells, recombination is a normal part of genetics. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "SARS-CoV-2 looks like a hybrid of viruses from two different species," 1 June 2020 This data gives clues to the recombination rate as well, DeLucia said. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Online coronavirus mutation visualizer gives clues to how coronavirus spread across the world," 8 May 2020 Another possible outcome if SARS-CoV-2 never goes away: recombination, where the virus mixes and matches its genetic material with those of other circulating coronaviruses. Quanta Magazine, "What Other Coronaviruses Tell Us About SARS-CoV-2," 29 Apr. 2020 One recent study suggests that SARS-CoV-2 is the product of natural genomic recombination. The Economist, "The origin of covid-19 The pieces of the puzzle of covid-19’s origin are coming to light," 2 May 2020 The key to deciphering the CMB’s messy ripples is that recombination granted a select series of blobs an enduring cosmic significance. Quanta Magazine, "How Ancient Light Reveals the Universe’s Contents," 28 Jan. 2020 Physics reports that the slow recombination rates are considered a promising and exciting outcome. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Have Held Individual Atoms for the Very First Time," 21 Feb. 2020 Wall Street analysts have said that ViacomCBS must prove the benefits of the recombination. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, "ViacomCBS Plans "House of Brands" Streaming Service, Boosts Cost Savings Target," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of recombination

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of recombination was in 1903

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30 Jun 2020

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“Recombination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recombination. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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 recombinational (audio) \ adjective

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