[uh-sawrt-muh nt]

Origin of assortment

First recorded in 1605–15; assort + -ment
Related formsre·as·sort·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of reassortment

  • Only when this reassortment of forms took place was the modern symbolic value of the foot: feet alternation clearly established.


    Edward Sapir

British Dictionary definitions for reassortment


  1. the formation of a hybrid virus containing parts from the genomes of two distinct viruses in a mixed infection


  1. a collection or group of various things or sorts
  2. the act of assorting
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Word Origin and History for reassortment



1610s, "action of assorting," from assort + -ment. Sense of "group of things of the same sort" is attested from 1759; that of "group of things whether the same sort or not" from 1791.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

reassortment in Medicine


  1. The relationship between non-allelic genetic traits that are transmitted from parent to child independently and according to the degree of linkage between the respective loci.
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