episomal

episome

[ep-uh-sohm]
noun Genetics.
bacterial DNA that is extrachromosomal and that may replicate autonomously as a plasmid or become incorporated into the chromosome and replicate with it.

Origin:
1930–35; epi- + -some3

episomal, adjective
episomally, adverb
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episome (ˈɛpɪˌsəʊm)
 
n
a unit of genetic material (DNA) in bacteria, such as a plasmid, that can either replicate independently or can be integrated into the host chromosome

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episome ep·i·some (ěp'ĭ-sōm')
n.
A genetic particle within certain cells, especially bacterial cells, that can exist either autonomously in the cytoplasm or as part of a chromosome.

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