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[tran-skrip-shuh n] /trænˈskrɪp ʃən/
the act or process of transcribing.
something transcribed.
a transcript; copy.
  1. the arrangement of a composition for a medium other than that for which it was originally written.
  2. a composition so arranged.
Radio and Television. a recording made especially for broadcasting.
Genetics. the process by which genetic information on a strand of DNA is used to synthesize a strand of complementary RNA.
Origin of transcription
1590-1600; < Latin trānscrīptiōn- (stem of trānscrīptiō). See transcript, -ion
Related forms
transcriptional, adjective
transcriptionally, adverb
transscriptionist, noun
[tran-skrip-tiv] /trænˈskrɪp tɪv/ (Show IPA),
transcriptively, adverb
mistranscription, noun
nontranscription, noun
nontranscriptive, adjective
pretranscription, noun
retranscription, noun Unabridged
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  • Page 14 is blank within the original and therefore does not show in this transcription.

    Sixty years with Plymouth Church Stephen M. Griswold
  • Some of the exaggerated estimates may be errors of transcription.

  • They were strange enough, as this transcription of them will show.

    The Chief Legatee Anna Katharine Green
  • A transcription for a piano duet has been made of this last movement.

  • Italics replaced by capitals for the transcription of this etext.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • A number of transcription errors were found in the original book.

    Symbolic Logic Lewis Carroll
  • For any errors in transcription, I sincerely apologize as the words of the author could hardly be improved upon.

    The Bible Period by Period Josiah Blake Tidwell
  • The "Erlknig" transcription, on the other hand, was much less impressive.

    Musical Criticisms Arthur Johnstone
  • The cost of materials and of the transcription of books added immensely to their appraised valuation in the different ages.

    The Reign of the Manuscript Perry Wayland Sinks
British Dictionary definitions for transcription


the act or an instance of transcribing or the state of being transcribed
something transcribed
a representation in writing of the actual pronunciation of a speech sound, word, or piece of continuous text, using not a conventional orthography but a symbol or set of symbols specially designated as standing for corresponding phonetic values
Derived Forms
transcriptional, transcriptive, adjective
transcriptionally, transcriptively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for transcription

1590s, from Latin transcriptionem, noun of action from past participle stem of transcribere (see transcribe).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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transcription in Medicine

transcription tran·scrip·tion (trān-skrĭp'shən)

  1. The act or process of transcribing.

  2. Something that has been transcribed.

  3. The process by which mRNA is synthesized from a DNA template resulting in the transfer of genetic information from the DNA molecule to mRNA.

tran·scrip'tion·al adj.
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transcription in Science
The process in a cell by which genetic material is copied from a strand of DNA to a complementary strand of RNA (called messenger RNA). In eukaryotes, transcription takes place in the nucleus before messenger RNA is transported to the ribosomes for protein synthesis. Compare translation.
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