trans·​duc·​tion tran(t)s-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce transduction (audio)
: the action or process of transducing
especially : the transfer of genetic material from one microorganism to another by a viral agent (such as a bacteriophage)
transductant noun
tran(t)s-ˈdək-shnəl How to pronounce transduction (audio)

Examples of transduction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hypothalamus experienced the highest transduction efficiency and the hippocampus the least. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 With this question, Schreiber took a giant step into cell biology--and into signal transduction in particular. Gary Taubes, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Little was known about that process, called signal transduction, when Schreiber sent his roaches into a tizzy. Gary Taubes, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 The American Association for the Advancement of Science has honored Suresh Alahari, of the LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, as a fellow, in recognition of his contributions in cancer research and teaching, with a focus on signal transduction. Staff Reports,, 9 Dec. 2020 How does sensory transduction work? Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 28 Feb. 2015 These molecules influence T cell signal transduction to varying effects. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2023 Compared with notable successes in the genetics of basic sensory transduction, progress on the genetics of higher level perception and cognition has been limited. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 25 Feb. 2010 Recent studies have found L-glutamate (Glu) receptors and transduction molecules in the gut mucosa, as well as the oral cavity (REF). Ashton Yoon, Discover Magazine, 25 Apr. 2017

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Word History


Latin transducere

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of transduction was in 1947

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“Transduction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


trans·​duc·​tion -ˈdek-shən How to pronounce transduction (audio)
: the action or process of converting something and especially energy or a message into another form
: the transfer of genetic material from one organism (as a bacterium) to another by a genetic vector and especially a bacteriophage compare transformation sense 2
-shnəl, -shən-ᵊl

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