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recessive Tweet Definition of recessive Like Definition of recessive on Facebook
adjective
  1. Going back; receding.
  2. (genetics) Able to be covered up by a dominant trait.
recombinant Tweet Definition of recombinant Like Definition of recombinant on Facebook
adjective
  1. Referring to something formed by combining existing elements in a new combination. Especially in the phrase recombinant DNA referring to an organism created in the lab by adding DNA from another species.
recombination Tweet Definition of recombination Like Definition of recombination on Facebook
noun
  1. combination, Combination a second or subsequent time.
  1. (genetics) The formation of genetic combinations in offspring that are not present in the parents
  2. (chemistry) The reverse of dissociation
replication Tweet Definition of replication Like Definition of replication on Facebook
noun
  1. Process by which an object, person, place or idea may be copied mimicked or reproduced
  2. copy; reproduction.
  3. In law: a response from the plantiff to the defendant's plea
replicon Tweet Definition of replicon Like Definition of replicon on Facebook
noun
  1. (genetics) a DNA molecule or a region of DNA that replicates as an individual unit. A replicon may be, for instance, a chromosome, a plasmid or a phage.
revertant Tweet Definition of revertant Like Definition of revertant on Facebook
noun
  1. (microbial genetics) A mutant that has reverted to its former genotype or to the original phenotype by means of a suppressor mutation.

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