retrotransposon

noun

ret·​ro·​trans·​po·​son -ˌtran(t)s-ˈpō-ˌzän How to pronounce retrotransposon (audio)
: a transposable element that undergoes transposition from one place to another in the genome of a cell by forming an intermediate RNA transcript from which a copy of the DNA of the transposable element is made using a reverse transcriptase and inserted into the genome at a new location

called also retroposon

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“Retrotransposon.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/retrotransposon. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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