Definition of reassortment in English:



  • Recombination of genomic material, especially as it occurs naturally in related viruses.

    ‘reassortment also might occur in a person simultaneously infected by both types of flu’
    • ‘If that changes with a mutation or a recombination or reassortment of one virus to the other, that could change everything.’
    • ‘From 1998 to 2001 the virus went through multiple reassortments and moved back to domestic birds, spreading almost unnoticed in Chinese chicken flocks.’
    • ‘Of the ones they examined, they don't see any reassortment with human viruses yet.’
    • ‘With the 1968 influenza virus, a similar reassortment of genes occurred.’
    • ‘No evidence of genetic reassortment between avian and human influenza viruses has been identified.’



/ˌrēəˈsôrtmənt/ /ˌriəˈsɔrtmənt/