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conjugative plasmid


Definition: a plasmid that can effect its own intercellular transfer by means of conjugation; this transfer is accomplished by a bacterium's being rendered a donor, usually with specialized pili.

Synonym(s): infectious plasmid, transmissible plasmid

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