transgenic

adjective
trans·​gen·​ic | \ tran(t)s-ˈje-nik How to pronounce transgenic (audio) \

Definition of transgenic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being or used to produce an organism or cell of one species into which one or more genes of another species have been incorporated a transgenic mouse transgenic crops also : produced by or consisting of transgenic plants or animals

transgenic

noun

Definition of transgenic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 transgenics plural in form but singular in construction : a branch of biotechnology concerned with the production of transgenic plants, animals, and foods
2 : a transgenic plant or animal

Examples of transgenic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective His work has contributed to the advancement of transgenic mosquito-killing fungi for malaria prevention. Esther Ngumbi, Wired, "Science Conferences Are Stuck in the Dark Ages," 3 Jan. 2020 The Chinese institute is building a new facility in Shanghai’s Songjiang district, which will house as many as 6000 nonhuman primates, including many transgenic monkeys. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "Animal rights conflict prompts leading researcher to leave Germany for China," 27 Jan. 2020 Such work on transgenic mice is now taking place at UTHealth in Houston, Morales said. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: In a first, researchers find CWD prions in deer semen," 8 Jan. 2020 This fall, residents of the Lyon Park neighborhood of Arlington County gathered in their community park to plant two non-transgenic saplings from the chestnut foundation to mark Lyon Park’s centennial. Washington Post, "Blight wiped out the American chestnut. Parallel efforts are close to bringing it back.," 18 Dec. 2019 Last month, two groups in Bangladesh—the Agricultural Farm Labour Federation and the National Women Farmers & Workers Association—called for a ban on both golden rice and transgenic eggplant. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Bangladesh could be the first to cultivate golden rice, genetically altered to fight blindness," 20 Nov. 2019 In their first experiments, the researchers used transgenic animals that only made the protein in acetophenone-sensitive olfactory nerves. Robert Martone, Scientific American, "A Successful Artificial Memory Has Been Created," 27 Aug. 2019 The issue of transgenic soy is not on the minds of Nuevo Durango’s farmers. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "An unlikely feud between beekeepers and Mennonites simmers in Mexico," 12 Apr. 2019 Dantas believes that his transgenic E. coli might just do the job, though not the strain that his lab engineered, which grows on penicillin very slowly and prefers eating sugars. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Bacteria That Eat Drugs Could Help Solve the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis," 8 Nov. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This foray into transgenics and the accompanying harsh pesticides made beekeepers nervous. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "An unlikely feud between beekeepers and Mennonites simmers in Mexico," 12 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of transgenic

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1982, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1986, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of transgenic was in 1982

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transgenic

adjective
trans·​gen·​ic | \ ˌtran(t)s-ˈjen-ik, ˌtranz- How to pronounce transgenic (audio) \

Medical Definition of transgenic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being or used to produce an organism or cell of one species into which one or more genes of other species have been incorporated transgenic mice transgenic corn plants transgenic techniques also : produced by or composed of transgenic plants or animals transgenic foods

transgenic

noun

Medical Definition of transgenic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a transgenic plant or animal
2 transgenics plural in form but singular in construction : a branch of biotechnology concerned with the production of transgenic plants, animals, and foods

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