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transformation



  1. (BIOLOGY) The uptake of "naked" DNA into a cell thereby altering the cell genotype of a prokaryote or eukaryote; one of the three modes of gene transfer.

       • GENETICS AND HEREDITY


  2. (MATH) In geometry, a change to an object due to a process such as rotation, reflection, enlargement, or translation. In algebra, a transformation is the action of a function; in other words, what happens when there is a one-to-one mapping between sets of objects.

       • GEOMETRY