Definition of retrotransposon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌretrōtransˈpōˌzän/ Pronunciation: /-tranz-/


A transposon whose sequence shows homology with that of a retrovirus.
Example sentences
  • Nucleotide sequence changes in the two termini of individual retrotransposons were used to date their time of insertion.
  • Distribution and transposition of endogenous retrotransposon sequences may contribute to the organization of genome structure and evolution, but this remains purely speculative.
  • More recently, specific subsets of repetitive DNA, such as retrotransposons, have been shown to comprise a high percentage of the repetitive DNA of plants.

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Syllabification: ret·ro·trans·po·son

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