[trans-duhk-shuh n, tranz-]

noun Genetics.

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

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



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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transduction in Medicine


[trăns-dŭkshən, trănz-]


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