R factor


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R factor

n.
1. Any of the conjugative or nonconjugative plasmids that carry and transmit genes responsible for resistance to antibiotics from one bacterium to another. Also called resistance factor, resistance plasmid, R plasmid.
2. See R-value.

R factor



n.
a genetic component of some bacteria that provides resistance to antibiotics and can be transferred from one bacterium to another by conjugation.
[1960–65; r(esistance)factor]
Translations
facteur de résistance