Meaning of plasmid

plas•mid

Pronunciation: (plaz'mid), [key]
— n. Microbiol.
  1. a segment of DNA independent of the chromosomes and capable of replication, occurring in bacteria and yeast: used in recombinant DNA procedures to transfer genetic material from one cell to another.
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