Definition of Plasmid

1. Noun. A small cellular inclusion consisting of a ring of DNA that is not in a chromosome but is capable of autonomous replication.

Exact synonyms: Plasmid Dna
Generic synonyms: Cellular Inclusion, Inclusion, Inclusion Body

Definition of Plasmid

1. Noun. (cytology) A circle of double-stranded DNA that is separate from the chromosomes, and which is found in bacteria and protozoa. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Plasmid

1. a hereditary structure of a cell [n -S]

Medical Definition of Plasmid

1. A small, independently replicating, piece of extrachromosomal cytoplasmic DNA that can be transferred from one organism to another. Linear or circular DNA molecules found in both pro and eukaryotes capable of autonomous replication. Stringent plasmids occur at low copy number in cells, relaxed plasmids at high copy number, ca 10 to 30. Plasmids can become incorporated into the genome of the host or can remain independent. An example is the f factor of E. Coli. May transfer genes and plasmids carrying antibiotic resistant genes can spread this trait rapidly through the population. Described largely from bacteria and protozoa. Some plasmids are capable of integrating into the host genome. A number of artificially constructed plasmids are used as cloning vectors. (14 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Plasmid

plasmasol
plasmasols
plasmasonic
plasmasphere
plasmaspheres
plasmaspheric
plasmaspheric hiss
plasmat-
plasmatic
plasmatic compartment
plasmatical
plasmation
plasmatogamy
plasmenic acid
plasmic
plasmid (current term)
plasmids
plasmin
plasmin prothrombins conversion factor
plasminogen
plasminogen activator
plasminogen activator inhibitor 1
plasminogen activator inhibitor 2
plasminogen inactivators
plasminogens
plasminokinase
plasminoplastin
plasmins
plasmo-
plasmocoagulase

Literary usage of Plasmid

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Biotechnology: Ti-Plasmids and Other Plan Vectors: Bibliography January 1993 by Raymond Dobert (1996)
"A cDNA library constructed in a plasmid vector containing a unique SstI site at the 5' end of the cDNA insert was transferred into the SstI site of the lacZ ..."

2. In the Matter of Certain Recombinantly Produced Human Growth Hormones by DIANE Publishing Company (1997)
"14, line 10) hows an attempted construction of plasmid ... While the DNA sequence analysis of the clone carrying plasmid ..."

3. Biotechnology: Ti-Plasmids and Other Plan Vectors: Bibliography January 1993 by Raymond Dobert (1996)
"A cDNA library constructed in a plasmid vector containing a unique SstI site at the 5' end of the cDNA insert was transferred into the SstI site of the lacZ ..."

4. In the Matter of Certain Recombinantly Produced Human Growth Hormones by DIANE Publishing Company (1997)
"14, line 10) hows an attempted construction of plasmid ... While the DNA sequence analysis of the clone carrying plasmid ..."

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