from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or being an organism whose genome has been altered by the transfer of a gene or genes from another species or breed: transgenic mice; transgenic plants.
  • adj. Of or relating to the study of transgenic organisms: transgenic research.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or pertaining to an organism whose genome has been changed by the addition of a gene from another species; genetically modified.
  • n. An organism whose genome has been genetically modified.


From trans- + -genic. (Wiktionary)



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  • "But the more likely scenario is that H5N1 will borrow the relevant genetic code directly from another organism, in a process known as transgenic shift."
    —Steven Johnson, The Ghost Map (New York: Penguin, 2006), 245

    October 4, 2008

  • (fr. Wordspy, adjective.) Describes an animal or plant that has been genetically altered.

    May 14, 2008