transposable element

noun

: a segment of genetic material that is capable of changing its location in the genome or in some bacteria of undergoing transfer between an extrachromosomal plasmid and a chromosome

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Most of these genes arose via gene duplication, rather than through transposable elements (genes that jump from one location to another). Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, 9 Nov. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1979, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of transposable element was in 1979

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“Transposable element.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transposable%20element. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

transposable element

noun
: a segment of genetic material that is capable of changing its location in the genome or that in some bacteria is capable of undergoing transfer between an extrachromosomal plasmid and a chromosome

called also transposable genetic element

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