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noun, plural: recombinations

(1) (genetics) The process or act of exchanges of genes between chromosomes, resulting in a different genetic combination and ultimately to the formation of unique gametes with chromosomes that are different from those in parents.

(2) (general) The process or act of bringing together (dissociated materials) once more.


In genetics, recombination occurs during meiosis when chromosomes exchange genes. Thus, recombination is one of the important means to promote and increase genetic diversity between generations.

Word origin: re- (again) + combination

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