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lysogeny

Pronunciation: li-soj'e-ne

Definition: The phenomenon by which a bacterium is infected by a temperate bacteriophage with DNA that is integrated into the bacterial genome and replicates along with the bacterial DNA but remains latent or unexpressed; triggering of the lytic cycle may occur spontaneously or by certain agents and will result in the production of bacteriophage and lysis of the bacterial cell.

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