trans·​lo·​ca·​tion ˌtran(t)s-lō-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce translocation (audio)
: the act, process, or an instance of changing location or position: such as
: the conduction of soluble material (such as metabolic products) from one part of a plant to another
: transfer of part of a chromosome to a different position especially on a nonhomologous chromosome
especially : the exchange of parts between nonhomologous chromosomes
ˈtran(t)s-lō-ˌkāt How to pronounce translocation (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The translocation could be completed by the first half of this year if necessary permits are expedited, especially from the Colombian Agricultural Institute, Gaviria said. Ángela Reyes Haczek, CNN, 4 Mar. 2023 The cats are among the initial ones introduced in India under Project Cheetah, the first intercontinental translocation initiative of its kind. Anthony Trotter, ABC News, 11 Feb. 2023 Abiotic and zoochorous dispersal could be excluded by considering the species' life style, leaving only anthropogenic translocation as parsimonious explanation. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 27 June 2011 When that did not come to pass, the idea of translocation was not raised prominently again until a symposium in 2009 organized by the Wildlife Trust of India in Rajasthan. Hari Kumar, New York Times, 16 Sep. 2022 This sort of translocation process en masse could not have occurred simply through the ingenuity of groups of a few families. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 7 July 2011 The trip follows the translocation journey, from South Africa to Rwanda, with game drives, walking safaris and researcher-led lion tracking trips that illustrate the ins and outs of big-cat conservation. Stephanie Vermillion, Robb Report, 3 Jan. 2023 The translocation came on the heels of nearly a decade of declining white rhino numbers due, in large part, to criminal poaching in southern Africa. Gabe Allen, Discover Magazine, 10 Dec. 2021 For more information and to subscribe for elk translocation updates, visit the DNR’s elk webpage. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 27 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1617, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of translocation was in 1617

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Cite this Entry

“Translocation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


trans·​lo·​ca·​tion ˌtran(t)s-lō-ˈkā-shən, ˌtranz- How to pronounce translocation (audio)
: transfer of part of a chromosome to a different position especially on a nonhomologous chromosome
especially : the exchange of parts between nonhomologous chromosomes
: a chromosome or part of a chromosome that has undergone translocation
translocate verb
translocated; translocating
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