a segment of DNA that moves to a new location in a chromosome, or to another chromosome or cell, and alters the existing genetic instructions, sometimes producing significant changes
Origin of transposontranspos(able) + -on, as in operon
A segment of DNA that is capable of moving into a new position within the same or another chromosome or plasmid. Also called jumping gene.
Origin of transposontranspos(ition) + –on1.