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transcriptome Line breaks: tran|scrip¦tome
Pronunciation: /tranˈskrɪptəʊm/ /trɑːn-/

Definition of transcriptome in English:


The sum total of all the messenger RNA molecules expressed from the genes of an organism.
Example sentences
  • During the past decade research in the field of molecular biology has gradually shifted from the analysis of single genes to the analysis of whole genomes, transcriptomes, and proteomes.
  • The application of genome, transcriptome, and proteome screening to cybrid clones of the two different types could therefore help to identify the relevant pathways and genes.
  • However, only a few works have addressed the response of the transcriptome to whole genome duplication.


1990s: blend of transcript and genome.

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