sex factor

noun Genetics.

a sex-determining chromosome or gene.
Also called F factor, fertility factor. a plasmid in certain bacteria that enables transfer of genetic material from a donor cell to a recipient by conjugation, resulting in recombination.

Nearby words

  1. sex chromosome,
  2. sex chromosome imbalance,
  3. sex chromosomes,
  4. sex crime,
  5. sex determination,
  6. sex gland,
  7. sex hormone,
  8. sex hygiene,
  9. sex kitten,
  10. sex linkage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for f factor

F factor


F plasmid

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