Amplification

Definition

noun

(1) The act or result of increasing in size or effect.

(2) An increase in the frequency of a gene or chromosomal region, as a result of replicating a DNA segment by in vivo or in vitro process, such as by gene duplication or polymerase chain reaction, respectively.


Supplement

Word origin: Latin amplificatio < amplificare (“‘to amplify’”).
Related form: amplify (verb)

Related term: gene amplification


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