[ ep-uh-sohm ]
/ ˈɛp əˌsoʊm /
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bacterial DNA that is extrachromosomal and that may replicate autonomously as a plasmid or become incorporated into the chromosome and replicate with it.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
OTHER WORDS FROM episomeep·i·so·mal, adjectiveep·i·so·mal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for episome
/ (ˈɛpɪˌsəʊm) /
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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Medical definitions for episome
[ ĕp′ĭ-sōm′ ]
A genetic particle within certain cells, especially bacterial cells, that can exist either autonomously in the cytoplasm or as part of a chromosome.
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