tran·​scrip·​tion | \ tran(t)-ˈskrip-shən How to pronounce transcription (audio) \

Definition of transcription

1 : an act, process, or instance of transcribing
2 : copy, transcript: such as
a : an arrangement of a musical composition for some instrument or voice other than the original
b : a recording (as on magnetic tape) made especially for use in radio broadcasting
3 : the process of constructing a messenger RNA molecule using a DNA molecule as a template with resulting transfer of genetic information to the messenger RNA — compare translation sense 2, reverse transcription

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Other Words from transcription

transcriptional \ tran(t)-​ˈskrip-​shnəl How to pronounce transcriptional (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
transcriptionally adverb

Examples of transcription in a Sentence

Transcription of the tapes took weeks.
Recent Examples on the Web The company plans to launch a live-transcription feature in the next few months that promises to effectively turn your Android phone into a real-time translator device for long-form speech. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Translate this: How real-time translation breaks down barriers when you don't speak the language," 5 Feb. 2020 One deceptively simple-sounding example of this popped up in October, when Google introduced a transcription app called Recorder. Rachel Metz, CNN, "How AI came to rule our lives over the last decade," 21 Dec. 2019 The longer the tissues were microwaved, the more basic cellular processes like DNA transcription—the first step in protein production—were compromised. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Scientists Pumped Ovarian Tissue Full of Sugar and Microwaved It. Here’s Why," 10 Dec. 2019 Shafer said that Cerner’s new virtual scribe product was built using the Amazon Transcribe Medical machine learning service intended to produce medical transcriptions for doctors. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Amazon Touts Machine Learning, ‘Local Zones,’ and A.I. Tool as Cloud Competition Heats Up," 3 Dec. 2019 Most of them exist as both audio recordings and written transcriptions. George Castle,, "Niles’ treasure of veterans and their stories loses its curator, but marches forward," 12 Nov. 2019 Zinc-finger nucleases (ZFNs) and transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs), like Cas9 nuclease, create double-strand breaks in DNA by cutting both DNA strands. Sharon Begley, STAT, "You had questions for David Liu about CRISPR, prime editing, and advice to young scientists. He has answers," 6 Nov. 2019 This concert will include performances from brass and percussion students featuring original compositions and transcriptions from the Renaissance period to today., "Community News For The Windham Edition," 25 Oct. 2019 No thanks For the experiment, Abel recruited 2,700 people on Mechanical Turk, Amazon’s online gig platform, to do transcriptions for a fake firm, randomly assigning each worker a (fake) manager with a male or female name. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Why are workers more resentful of criticism when the boss is a woman?," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of transcription

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Feb 2020

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“Transcription.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of transcription

: the act or process of making a written, printed, or typed copy of words that have been spoken
: a written, printed, or typed copy of words that have been spoken


tran·​scrip·​tion | \ tran(t)s-ˈkrip-shən How to pronounce transcription (audio) \

Medical Definition of transcription

: the process of constructing a messenger RNA molecule using a DNA molecule as a template with resulting transfer of genetic information to the messenger RNA — compare reverse transcription, translation

Other Words from transcription

transcriptional \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce transcriptional (audio) \ adjective
transcriptionally \ -​ē How to pronounce transcriptionally (audio) \ adverb

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