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 translocation (audio) , ˈtranz-​lō-​ , (ˌ)tran(t)s-​ˈlō-​ , (ˌ)tranz-​ˈlō-​ \ verb

Examples of translocation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is known as translocation: Particularly small particles might pass through the gut wall and end up in other organs, including the brain. Matt Simon, Wired, 22 Sep. 2021 Previous translocation studies conducted in the region using quail from South Texas showed those birds experienced limited survival and reproductive success compared with resident birds or those reared closer to home. Dallas News, 18 Sep. 2021 But according to the October 2020 study, Orf6 inhibits translocation by binding to KPNA2. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 Simultaneously, the transport receptors karyopherin α 1–6 (KPNA1–6) import transcription factors that facilitate translocation, including IRF3. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 Larson said MassWildlife is also working on a multi-year restoration effort involving the capture and translocation of young loons to southeastern Massachusetts., 17 July 2021 There are three types of Down syndrome: translocation, mosaicism and trisomy 21. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 28 May 2021 But many questions remain, and this summer Idaho and Utah wildlife officials hope to get answers by netting hundreds of these lake trout for study and translocation to another Idaho lake. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Apr. 2021 Acharya said the rise in population was the result of a number of changes, including investment in habitat management, controlling poaching and translocation of rhinos between habitats. Sophie Jeong, CNN, 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of translocation

1617, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for translocation


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 translocation (audio) \ verb translocated; translocating


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