bacterial DNA that is extrachromosomal and that may replicate autonomously as a plasmid or become incorporated into the chromosome and replicate with it.
- ep·i·so·mal, adjective
- ep·i·so·mal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for episome
a unit of genetic material (DNA) in bacteria, such as a plasmid, that can either replicate independently or can be integrated into the host chromosome
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