Definition of transgenic in English:


Pronunciation /transˈjenik/ /trænsˈdʒɛnɪk/ /tranzˈjenik/ /trænzˈdʒɛnɪk/

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  • Relating to or denoting an organism that contains genetic material into which DNA from an unrelated organism has been artificially introduced.

    ‘male transgenic mice’
    • ‘transgenic foods raise numerous health safety questions’
    • ‘Also the genetic background in common laboratory and transgenic mice affects the phenotype.’
    • ‘Yet surely we should not be patenting whole life forms, such as transgenic mice or cotton plants?’
    • ‘The development of transgenic mice has opened up new possibilities for mutagenicity testing in small animal models.’
    • ‘Gene mutational damage in the liver can be assessed in the transgenic animal mutation assay.’
    • ‘Tissues were harvested from five independent transgenic lines grown in vitro.’


1980s from trans-‘across’ + gene+ -ic.