competent cell

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competent cell

[¦käm·pəd·ənt ′sel]
(cell and molecular biology)
A cell that is able to incorporate exogenous deoxyribonucleic acid and undergo genetic transformation.
(embryology)
A cell that can respond to an inducer during embryonic development.
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