transposable element

noun

Definition of transposable element 

: 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

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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, "Check out the genes on this huge ‘shroom," 9 Nov. 2017

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1979, in the meaning defined above

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transposable element

noun

Medical Definition of transposable element 

: 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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