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oncogene Tweet Definition of oncogene Like Definition of oncogene on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, oncology, genetics) Any gene that contributes to the conversion of a normal cell into a cancerous cell.
operator Tweet Definition of operator Like Definition of operator on Facebook
noun
  1. One who operates.
  2. A telecommunications facilitator whose job is to establish temporary network connections.
  3. (mathematics) A function or other mapping that carries variables defined on a domain into another variable or set of variables in a defined range.
  4. Another name for Chinese whispers.
  5. (informal) A person who is adept at making deals or getting results, especially one who uses questionable methods.
  6. A member of a military Special Operations unit.
operon Tweet Definition of operon Like Definition of operon on Facebook
noun
  1. A unit of genetic material that functions in a coordinated manner by means of an operator, a promoter, and structural genes that are transcribed together.

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