[ trans-duhk-shuh n, tranz- ]
/ trænsˈdʌk ʃən, trænz- /

noun Genetics.

the transfer of genetic material from one cell to another by means of a virus.

Nearby words

  1. transdniestria,
  2. transduce,
  3. transducer,
  4. transducer cell,
  5. transductant,
  6. transe,
  7. transect,
  8. transection,
  9. transelement,
  10. transelementate

Origin of transduction

1952; trans- + -duction, as in induction, production, etc.

Related formstrans·duc·tant [trans-duhk-tuh nt, tranz-] /trænsˈdʌk tənt, trænz-/, nountrans·duc·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for transduction


/ (trænzˈdʌkʃən) /


genetics the transfer by a bacteriophage of genetic material from one bacterium to another

Word Origin for transduction

C17: from Latin transductiō, variant of trāductiō a leading along, from trādūcere to lead over; see traduce

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Word Origin and History for transduction



1650s, from Latin transductionem, noun of action from transducere/traducere (see traduce).

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Medicine definitions for transduction


[ trăns-dŭkshən, trănz- ]


Transfer of genetic material or characteristics from one bacterial cell to another by a bacteriophage or plasmid.

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