[ trans-loh-key-shuhn, tranz- ]
/ ˌtræns loʊˈkeɪ ʃən, ˌtrænz- /


a change of location.
Genetics. a chromosomal rearrangement in which a segment of genetic material from one chromosome becomes heritably linked to another chromosome.
Botany. the conduction of soluble food material from one part of a plant to another.

Origin of translocation

First recorded in 1615–25; trans- + location

OTHER WORDS FROM translocation

non·trans·lo·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for translocation

  • Or would his remonstrants accept the translocation of blame?

    Thomas Wingfold, Curate|George MacDonald
  • It appears to exist in two modifications, known, respectively, as (a) translocation diastase and (b) diastase of secretion.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life|Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
  • This first organic synthate must be condensed into some carbohydrate suitable for translocation and storage as reserve food.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life|Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher

British Dictionary definitions for translocation

/ (ˌtrænzləʊˈkeɪʃən) /


genetics the transfer of one part of a chromosome to another part of the same or a different chromosome, resulting in rearrangement of the genes
botany the transport of minerals, sugars, etc, in solution within a plant
a movement from one position or place to another
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Medical definitions for translocation

[ trăns′lō-kāshən, trănz′- ]


Transposition of two segments between nonhomologous chromosomes as a result of abnormal breakage and refusion of reciprocal segments.
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Scientific definitions for translocation

[ trăns′lō-kāshən ]

A chromosomal aberration in which a chromosomal segment changes position, usually moving from one chromosome to a different, nonhomologous chromosome. In one type of Down Syndrome, for example, translocation of a large segment of chromosome 21 to another chromosome results in an individual who has the genetic equivalent of three chromosomes 21 and thus has the phenotype of Down syndrome but who has a normal total number of chromosomes. A translocation within a given chromosome is called a shift.
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