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Definition of "recombination" [re•com•bi•na•tion]

  • The natural formation in offspring of genetic combinations not present in parents, by the processes of crossing over or independent assortment. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "recombination" in a sentence
  • "Examine interfertility and what differences (if any) in recombination that results in."
  • "As it is never paired with a partner, it escapes a process called recombination that shuffles the code of every other chromosome in each new individual."
  • "The most important factor is recombination, which is largely responsible for the virtually inexhaustible supply of new genotypes in every generation."