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

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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