[ trans-fek-shuh n ]
/ trænsˈfɛk ʃən /

noun Biotechnology.

the insertion into a cell of a bacterial plasmid that contains a foreign virus or genetic material.

Origin of transfection

First recorded in 1964; trans- + (in)fection Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for transfection


/ (trænsˈfɛkʃən) /


the transfer into another cell of genetic material isolated from a cell or virus
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Medicine definitions for transfection


[ trăns-fĕkshən ]


Infection of a bacterium or cell with DNA or RNA isolated from a bacteriophage or from an animal or a plant virus, resulting in replication of the complete virus.
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