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

Origin of transcription

First recorded in 1590–1600, transcription is from the Latin word trānscrīptiōn- (stem of trānscrīptiō). See transcript, -ion
Related formstran·scrip·tion·al, adjectivetran·scrip·tion·al·ly, adverbtrans·scrip·tion·ist, nountran·scrip·tive [tran-skrip-tiv] /trænˈskrɪp tɪv/, adjectivetran·scrip·tive·ly, adverbmis·tran·scrip·tion, nounnon·tran·scrip·tion, nounnon·tran·scrip·tive, adjectivepre·tran·scrip·tion, nounre·tran·scrip·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for transcription


  1. the act or an instance of transcribing or the state of being transcribed
  2. something transcribed
  3. 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 Formstranscriptional or transcriptive, adjectivetranscriptionally or transcriptively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for transcription

1590s, from Latin transcriptionem, noun of action from past participle stem of transcribere (see transcribe).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

transcription in Medicine


  1. The act or process of transcribing.
  2. Something that has been transcribed.
  3. The process by which mRNA is synthesized from a DNA template resulting in the transfer of genetic information from the DNA molecule to mRNA.
Related formstran•scription•al adj.
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transcription in Science


  1. 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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