- A change of one tissue into another, as cartilage into bone.
- In metals, a change in phase and physical properties in the solid state caused by heat treatment.
- In microbial genetics, transfer of genetic information between bacteria by means of “naked” intracellular DNA fragments derived from bacterial donor cells and incorporated into a competent recipient cell.
[L. trans-formo, pp. -atus, to transform]
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