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[trans-duhk-shuh n, tranz-] /trænsˈdʌk ʃən, trænz-/
noun, Genetics.
the transfer of genetic material from one cell to another by means of a virus.
1952; trans- + -duction, as in induction, production, etc.
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[trans-duhk-tuh nt, tranz-] /trænsˈdʌk tənt, trænz-/ (Show IPA),
transductional, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for transductant


(genetics) the transfer by a bacteriophage of genetic material from one bacterium to another
Word Origin
C17: from Latin transductiō, variant of trāductiō a leading along, from trādūcere to lead over; see traduce
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Word Origin and History for transductant



1650s, from Latin transductionem, noun of action from transducere/traducere (see traduce).

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transductant in Medicine

transduction trans·duc·tion (trāns-dŭk'shən, trānz-)
Transfer of genetic material or characteristics from one bacterial cell to another by a bacteriophage or plasmid.

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Encyclopedia Article for transductant


a process of genetic recombination in bacteria in which genes from a host cell (a bacterium) are incorporated into the genome of a bacterial virus (bacteriophage) and then carried to another host cell when the bacteriophage initiates another cycle of infection. In general transduction, any of the genes of the host cell may be involved in the process; in special transduction, however, only a few specific genes are transduced. It has been exploited as a remarkable molecular biological technique for altering the genetic construction of bacteria, for locating bacterial genes, and for many other genetic experiments.

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