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.
What’s The Origin Of The F-word?It's one of the most versatile words in the English language, but where did the F-word really come from? Originally, the naughtiest of naughty words was actually quite an acceptable word, though no English speaker would say that today.
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British Dictionary definitions for f-factor
informal the quality of being attractive to members of the opposite sex
Word Origin for F-factor
C20: from fanciability factor
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