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v. con·ju·gat·ed, con·ju·gat·ing, con·ju·gates
1. Grammar To inflect (a verb) in its forms for distinctions such as number, person, voice, mood, and tense.
2. To join together.
1. Biology To undergo conjugation.
2. Grammar To be inflected.
adj. (-gĭt, -gāt′)
1. Joined together, especially in a pair or pairs; coupled.
2. Mathematics & Physics Inversely or oppositely related with respect to one of a group of otherwise identical properties, especially designating either or both of a pair of complex numbers differing only in the sign of the imaginary term.
3. Linguistics Derived from a common source, such as the words foul and filth.
4. Chemistry Conjugated.
n. (-gĭt, -gāt′)
1. Mathematics & Physics Any of a set of numbers that satisfy the same irreducible polynomial.
2. Chemistry A chemical compound that has been formed by the joining of two or more compounds.

[Latin coniugāre, coniugāt-, to join together : com-, com- + iugāre, to join (from iugum, yoke; see yeug- in Indo-European roots).]

con′ju·gate′ly adv.
con′ju·ga′tive adj.
con′ju·ga′tor n.
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For example, global ST258 strains carry a unique integrative and conjugative element (ICE) known as ICEKp258.2 (3).
Intra-molecular charge transfer generates strong intra-molecular hyper conjugative interactions which leads to the stabilization of compound investigated.
Epsilon toxin plasmids of Clostridium perfringens type D are conjugative. J.
tlSCpe8, an IS1595-family lincomycin resistance element located on a conjugative plasmid in Clostridium perfringens.
Sequencing and comparative genomic analysis of pK29, a 269-kilobase conjugative plasmid encoding CMY-8 and CTX-M-3 b-lactamases in Klebsiella pneumoniae.
Shaping bacterial genomes with integrative and conjugative elements.
The works demonstrating conjugative transfer of antibiotic resistance determinants from lactobacilli to other bacteria especially those belonging to the gut microbiota are very limited [24-26].
In fact, this resistance by TetM is carried by two conjugative plasmids (American and Dutch) of similar sizes [7], but with different tetM sequences and hence different profiles of endonuclease restriction fragments.
B hydrogen bond formation: a hyper conjugative effect of A-H bond weakening and rehybridization-promoted A-H bond strengthening [47].