[ ree-kom-buh-ney-shuhn ]

  1. the formation of new combinations of genes, either naturally, by crossing over or independent assortment, or in the laboratory by direct manipulation of genetic material.

Origin of recombination

1820–30, for general sense; 1900–05 for current sense; re- + combination

Words Nearby recombination Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use recombination in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for recombination


/ (ˌriːkɒmbɪˈneɪʃən) /

  1. genetics any of several processes by which genetic material of different origins becomes combined. It most commonly occurs between two sets of parental chromosomes during production of germ cells

  2. physics the union of free electrons and holes in a semiconductor or of free ions and electrons in a plasma

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