trans·​lo·​ca·​tion | \ ˌtran(t)s-lō-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce translocation (audio) , ˌtranz- \

Definition of translocation

: the act, process, or an instance of changing location or position: such as
a : the conduction of soluble material (such as metabolic products) from one part of a plant to another
b : transfer of part of a chromosome to a different position especially on a nonhomologous chromosome especially : the exchange of parts between nonhomologous chromosomes

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Other Words from translocation

translocate \ ˈtran(t)s-​lō-​ˌkāt How to pronounce translocate (audio) , ˈtranz-​lō-​ , (ˌ)tran(t)s-​ˈlō-​ , (ˌ)tranz-​ˈlō-​ \ verb

Examples of translocation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sheehan embraced landscape-scale habitat restoration; identification of migration corridors; wildlife highway crossings; translocation of big game; and rebuilding the state’s fish hatcheries. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Greg Sheehan knows he is going to make people mad over Utah’s public lands," 2 Sep. 2020 The federal agency did buck Utah’s last translocation effort, which occurred in the Manti-La Sal National Forest in 2013 but backed down in favor of working in partnership with Utah officials to set up a monitoring plan. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah looks to expand mountain goat range, but at what cost to alpine landscapes?," 23 Aug. 2020 Time will ultimately tell the tale of the translocation tape. Dallas News, "A quail proving ground," 20 June 2020 Wild turkeys, white-tailed deer and bighorn sheep represent three of Texas’ greatest wildlife translocation stories. Dallas News, "A quail proving ground," 20 June 2020 This newer translocation was no more welcome than landing in Italy three years earlier. Andre Aciman, Condé Nast Traveler, "In ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Sequel, André Aciman Takes Elio and Oliver Through His Own Travel History," 21 Oct. 2019 The company has conducted some of the most extensive leopard research in the world, and is now spearheading the groundbreaking translocation of Indian bison in India, reversing the bison’s local extinction. Pamela Wright,, "Leave the world a better place," 9 July 2019 Precautions were taken to minimize stress and ensure their well-being throughout the translocation process. Washington Post, "5 endangered black rhinos relocated from Europe to Rwanda," 25 June 2019 With these translocations, the gene pool of the animals is expanding. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "Rwanda Just Pulled Off the Largest Transport of Rhinos From Europe to Africa," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of translocation

1617, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of translocation was in 1617

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15 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Translocation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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trans·​lo·​ca·​tion | \ ˌtran(t)s-lō-ˈkā-shən, ˌtranz- How to pronounce translocation (audio) \

Medical Definition of translocation

1 : transfer of part of a chromosome to a different position especially on a nonhomologous chromosome especially : the exchange of parts between nonhomologous chromosomes
2 : a chromosome or part of a chromosome that has undergone translocation

Other Words from translocation

translocate \ -​ˈlō-​ˌkāt How to pronounce translocate (audio) \ verb translocated; translocating

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