Definition of translocation
: the act, process, or an instance of changing location or position: such asa : the conduction of soluble material (such as metabolic products) from one part of a plant to anotherb : transfer of part of a chromosome to a different position especially on a nonhomologous chromosome; especially : the exchange of parts between nonhomologous chromosomes
translocateplay \ˈtran(t)s-lō-ˌkāt, ˈtranz-, (ˌ)tran(t)s-ˈ, (ˌ)tranz-ˈ\ verb
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On the surface, such translocations constitute a valuable effort to protect animals facing habitat loss or other dangers.
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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
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