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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.

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Origin of sex factor

First recorded in 1905–10
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