transfection [trans-fek-shuh n] Word Origin noun Biotechnology.

  1. 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 British Dictionary definitions for transfection transfection noun

  1. the transfer into another cell of genetic material isolated from a cell or virus

transfection in Medicine transfection [trăns-fĕk′shən] n.

  1. 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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