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con·ju·ga·tion

n 1  :  the act of conjugating  :  the state of being conjugated  2 a  :  fusion of usu. similar gametes with ultimate union of their nuclei that among lower thallophytes replaces the typical fertilization of higher forms  b  :  temporary cytoplasmic union with exchange of nuclear material that is the usual sexual process in ciliated protozoans  c  :  the one-way transfer of DNA between bacteria in cellular contact con*ju*ga*tion*al adj 
 
 

 
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