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 But most of the experiments leading to this conclusion were done with transgenic mice with a severely depleted T cell repertoire and thus lacked a normal immune response. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, 12 July 2022 But even scientists who see the potential of genetic engineering are uneasy about releasing the transgenic insects because of how hard such trials are to control. Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2022 The creatures included Wu's latest creation: a transgenic dinosaur dubbed Indominus Rex. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 10 Feb. 2022 There was an excellent article written in 2013 about the early history of this pandemic and the concern that growers would be denied any transgenic tools with which to fight HLB. Steven Savage, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 The Georgia Research Alliance’s support also included $1 million to develop a colony of transgenic rhesus monkeys in China. Daniel Golden, ProPublica, 20 Jan. 2022 Nature is an afterthought in our contemplation of what comes next, a transgenic potted plant behind a window that does not open. Rob Dunn, Wired, 6 Jan. 2022 Similar transgenic gain-of-function approaches will help scientists engineer plants for drought or pest resistance, and ultimately feed more people in a warming world. Victor Dirita, STAT, 25 Dec. 2021 But his work has a key difference from Cushman’s: none of his projects are transgenic. Melina Walling, The Arizona Republic, 9 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This foray into transgenics and the accompanying harsh pesticides made beekeepers nervous. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, 12 Apr. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of transgenic

Adjective

1982, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1986, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for transgenic

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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