[ kris-per ]

  1. 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.

  2. 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 C(lustered) R(egularly) I(nterspaced) S(hort) P(alindromic) R(epeats)
  • Sometimes Crispr .

Words Nearby CRISPR Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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