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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: ret'ro-poz'on


  1. A transposition of sequences in a DNA that does not originate in the DNA but rather in an mRNA that is transcribed back into the genomic DNA by reverse transcription.
  2. A transposable element.

Synonym(s): retrotransposon

[retro- + L. pono, pp. positum, to place, + -on]

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