transfection

noun

trans·​fec·​tion tran(t)s-ˈfek-shən How to pronounce transfection (audio)
tranz-
: infection of a cell with isolated viral nucleic acid followed by production of the complete virus in the cell
also : the incorporation of exogenous DNA into a cell
transfect transitive verb

Word History

Etymology

trans- + infection

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of transfection was in 1964

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“Transfection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transfection. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

transfection

noun
trans·​fec·​tion tran(t)s-ˈfek-shən How to pronounce transfection (audio)
: infection of a cell with isolated viral nucleic acid followed by production of the complete virus in the cell
also : the incorporation of exogenous DNA into a cell
transfect transitive verb

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