transposition

[ trans-puh-zish-uhn ]
/ ˌtræns pəˈzɪʃ ən /

noun

an act of transposing.
the state of being transposed.
a transposed form of something.
Genetics. the movement of a gene or set of genes from one DNA site to another.
Photography. the process of reversing the tonality of an image, as from negative to positive.
Mathematics. a permutation of a set of elements that interchanges two elements and leaves the remaining elements in their original positions.

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Origin of transposition

First recorded in 1530–40, transposition is from the Medieval Latin word trānspositiōn- (stem of trānspositiō). See trans-, position

OTHER WORDS FROM transposition

trans·po·si·tion·al, trans·pos·i·tive [trans-poz-i-tiv], /trænsˈpɒz ɪ tɪv/, adjectivenon·trans·po·si·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for transposition

transposition
/ (ˌtrænspəˈzɪʃən) /

noun

the act of transposing or the state of being transposed
something transposed

Derived forms of transposition

transpositional or transpositive (trænsˈpɒzɪtɪv), adjective
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Medical definitions for transposition

transposition
[ trăns′pə-zĭshən ]

n.

Removal from one place to another.
The state of being transposed or of being on the wrong side of the body.
Transfer of a segment of DNA to a new position on the same or another chromosome, plasmid, or cell.
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