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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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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First Known Use of transposable element

1979, in the meaning defined above

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“Transposable element.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transposable%20element. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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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