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 The resulting transgenic tree is no freak of nature. Paul Robbins, Scientific American, 15 June 2021 But controls on transgenic GMOs could someday be loosened as well; Defra has requested public comments on whether reform is needed. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, 26 May 2021 But scientists have created transgenic species for decades. Nathaniel Rich, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2021 Amdam would love to see transgenic technology developed for free-flying honey bees, allowing real-world experiments on aging. Yao-hua Law, Science | AAAS, 25 Mar. 2021 Novel epigenetic enhancements, also developed by companies like Sound Agriculture, allow crops to unlock yield improvement, stress tolerance, and improved traits in a non-transgenic (non-GMO) fashion. Michael Helmstetter, Forbes, 3 Mar. 2021 What are popularly referred to as GMOs are properly called transgenic organisms. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 24 Nov. 2020 The second, more controversial strategy is to slip a resistance gene into the tree’s DNA, to produce a transgenic chestnut. Stephanie Pain, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Sep. 2020 The transgenic source of the virus is eventually traced back to a lab in China. Jane Metcalfe, Wired, 5 July 2020 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

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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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The first known use of transgenic was in 1982

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“Transgenic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transgenic. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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