trans·​duc·​tion | \ tran(t)s-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce transduction (audio) , tranz- \

Definition of transduction

: 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)

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Other Words from transduction

transductant \ tran(t)s-​ˈdək-​tənt How to pronounce transductant (audio) , tranz-​ \ noun
transductional \ tran(t)s-​ˈdək-​shnəl How to pronounce transductional (audio) , tranz-​ , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of transduction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This genetic transfer is known as general transduction. Quanta Magazine, "‘Broadband’ Networks of Viruses May Help Bacteria Evolve Faster," 16 Oct. 2018 Scientists struggled to explain this pattern, but lateral transduction provides a plausible mechanism. Quanta Magazine, "‘Broadband’ Networks of Viruses May Help Bacteria Evolve Faster," 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, "Deadly superbug just got scarier—it can mysteriously thwart last-resort drug," 9 Mar. 2018 This demonstrated the sound transduction through bone conduction behind the implant. Rachel Metz, WIRED, "Lying Through Their Teeth," 11 Apr. 2006

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First Known Use of transduction

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for transduction

Latin transducere

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The first known use of transduction was in 1947

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Cite this Entry

“Transduction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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trans·​duc·​tion | \ -ˈdek-shən How to pronounce transduction (audio) \

Medical Definition of transduction

1 : the action or process of converting something and especially energy or a message into another form
2 : 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

Other Words from transduction

transductional \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl \ adjective

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