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A segment of DNA in certain cells, especially bacterial cells, that can exist either autonomously in the cytoplasm or as part of a chromosome.
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(Microbiology) a unit of genetic material (DNA) in bacteria, such as a plasmid, that can either replicate independently or can be integrated into the host chromosome
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a strand of DNA that is extrachromosomal, as a bacterial plasmid.
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|Noun||1.||episome - DNA that is not incorporated into the genome but is replicated together with the genome (especially in bacterial cells)|
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