recombination

noun

re·​com·​bi·​na·​tion ˌrē-ˌkäm-bə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce recombination (audio)
: 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
recombinational adjective

Examples of recombination in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bakish has been president and CEO of Paramount Global since it was formed through the recombination of Viacom and CBS in 2019. Todd Spangler, Variety, 26 Apr. 2024 The relation of recombination to mutational advance Evolution. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 22 Mar. 2024 Second, small bandgap semiconductors suffer greatly from nonradiative processes—that is, electron-hole recombinations that don’t emit radiation. Sid Assawaworrarit, IEEE Spectrum, 25 Nov. 2023 These include cutting the genome into fragments that can later be joined together or, more recently, using the ISA protocol, whereby overlapping fragments naturally come together in cells through homologous recombination: a phenomenon in which two DNA molecules exchange fragments. Virginie Courtier, Quartz, 4 June 2021 This recombination eats up the population of electrons and holes, pulling holes away from the p-side and electrons away from the n-side. Sid Assawaworrarit, IEEE Spectrum, 25 Nov. 2023 Generally, recombination can happen when two variants infect one person at the same time and invade the same cells. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 11 Mar. 2022 Rupert Murdoch last year proposed a recombination of his media companies, News Corp. and Fox Corp., but called the deal off after receiving pushback from outside shareholders. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Aug. 2023 Hertog compares this to a cosmic fossil like the CMB but in gravitational waves rather than electromagnetic radiation, and one which predates the era of recombination. Robert Lea, Popular Mechanics, 14 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of recombination was in 1903

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“Recombination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recombination. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

recombination

noun
re·​com·​bi·​na·​tion ˌrē-ˌkäm-bə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce recombination (audio)
: the formation of new combinations of genes

Medical Definition

recombination

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

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