[ kris-per ]
/ ˈkrɪs pər /


Biochemistry. a unique cluster of short, repeated DNA sequences found in bacterial genomes and capable of fighting viruses: CRISPR enables bacteria to integrate foreign DNA into their genome.
Genetics. the technology of targeting a DNA-detecting molecule to a specific genetic sequence for the purpose of editing a gene’s base pairs: The approach called CRISPR should speed up the process by allowing researchers to study the entire genome at once.

Origin of CRISPR

First recorded in 2000–05; acronym from Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019