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Resistance plasmid

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noun, plural: resistance plasmids

Any of the plasmids (conjugative or nonconjugative) that confers recipient bacterial cell the ability to resist the antibiotic activity of certain compounds.


The name is derived from the bacterial capacity to resist antimicrobial activity of certain antibiotics and related drugs. They are actually genes that have been transmitted from one bacterial cell (or strain) to another.

Abbreviation: R-plasmid

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