transposition

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noun trans·po·si·tion \ˌtran(t)s-pə-ˈzi-shən\

Definition of transposition

  1. 1a :  an act, process, or instance of transposing or being transposedb :  the transfer of a segment of DNA from one site to another in the genome

  2. 2a :  the transfer of any term of an equation from one side over to the other side with a corresponding change of the signb :  a mathematical permutation or interchange of two letters or symbols

transpositional

play \-ˈzish-nəl, -ˈzi-shə-nəl\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of transposition

Anglo-French transposicion, from Medieval Latin transposition-, transpositio, from Latin transponere to transpose


First Known Use: 1538


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transposition

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noun trans·po·si·tion \ˌtran(t)s-pə-ˈzish-ən\

Medical Definition of transposition

  1. :  an act, process, or instance of transposing or being transposed: asa:  the displacement of a viscus to a side opposite from that which it normally occupies transposition of the heartb:  the transfer of a segment of DNA from one site to another in the genome either between chromosomal sites or between an extrachromosomal site (as on a plasmid) and a chromosome

transpositional

\-ˈzish-nəl\play adjective

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