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)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 This genetic transfer is known as general transduction. Quanta Magazine, 16 Oct. 2018 Scientists struggled to explain this pattern, but lateral transduction provides a plausible mechanism. Quanta Magazine, 16 Oct. 2018 The system—a type of two-component signal transduction system—involves a protein embedded in the bacteria’s membrane that responds to some environmental cue. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 9 Mar. 2018 This demonstrated the sound transduction through bone conduction behind the implant. Rachel Metz, WIRED, 11 Apr. 2006 See More

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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 4 Feb. 2023.

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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