[ tran-skrip-shuhn ]
/ trænˈskrɪp ʃən /
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the act or process of transcribing.
something transcribed.
a transcript; copy.
  1. the arrangement of a composition for a medium other than that for which it was originally written.
  2. a composition so arranged.
Radio and Television. a recording made especially for broadcasting.
Genetics. the process by which genetic information on a strand of DNA is used to synthesize a strand of complementary RNA.
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Origin of transcription

First recorded in 1590–1600, transcription is from the Latin word trānscrīptiōn- (stem of trānscrīptiō). See transcript, -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for transcription

/ (trænˈskrɪpʃən) /

the act or an instance of transcribing or the state of being transcribed
something transcribed
a representation in writing of the actual pronunciation of a speech sound, word, or piece of continuous text, using not a conventional orthography but a symbol or set of symbols specially designated as standing for corresponding phonetic values

Derived forms of transcription

transcriptional or transcriptive, adjectivetranscriptionally or transcriptively, adverb
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Scientific definitions for transcription

[ trăn-skrĭpshən ]

The process in a cell by which genetic material is copied from a strand of DNA to a complementary strand of RNA (called messenger RNA). In eukaryotes, transcription takes place in the nucleus before messenger RNA is transported to the ribosomes for protein synthesis. Compare translation.
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