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Conjugation refers to the way we inflect (change the form of) verbs to create particular meanings.
When we discuss conjugating verbs, we usually refer to ways in which we change a verb in order to reflect grammatical tense, but we also conjugate verbs to reflect aspect, mood, voice, person, and speech.
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in grammar. In many languages, words or parts of words are arranged in formally similar sets consisting of a root, or base, and various affixes. Thus walking, walks, walker have in common the root walk and the affixes -ing, -s, and -er.
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in genetics: see recombinationrecombination,
process of "shuffling" of genes by which new combinations can be generated. In recombination through sexual reproduction, the offspring's complete set of genes differs from that of either parent, being rather a combination of genes from both parents.
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(1) In conjugate algae, a special sexual process that involves the merging of the contents of two externally similar vegetative cells.

(2) In infusorians, an exchange of sexual nuclei and their subsequent fusion by pairs, during which pairs of infusorians draw near one another on the mouth side. During fusion the macronucleus (vegetative nucleus) is gradually destroyed and the micronucleus (sexual nucleus) divides twice by meiosis. Next, three nuclei are destroyed while one divides again; each of its halves is exchanged for the half-nucleus of its partner—that is, they merge to form a syncaryon, restoring a double set of chromosomes. The syncaryon then divides; a portion of the products of its division becomes a macronucleus, and the other part becomes a micronucleus (see Figure 1). Sometimes a small amount of cytoplasm is transferred in the process from one cell to the other. The process of conjugation in various infusorians may differ sharply in its details.

(3) In bacteria, a means of transferring genetic material from one bacterial cell to another. Two bacteria unite by means of a delicate bridge, across which a piece of a strand of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is transferred from one cell (the donor) to the other (the recipient). The genetic properties of the recipient change according to the amount of genetic information in the transferred piece of DNA.

(4) Chromosomal conjugation is a temporary pairing of homologous chromosomes during which there may be an exchange of homologous parts and after which the chromosomes separate.


Figure 1. Conjugation in infusorians: (1) micronucleus (mi) and macronucleus (ma); (2) first division of micronuclei, four chromosomes visible in each; (3) second division, in which the number of chromosomes is reduced to two; (4) three of the micronuclei formed in each half condense and die; (5) third micronuclear division; (6) and (7) exchange of nuclei (♂ is the motile nucleus and ♀ is the nucleus that remains in the cell; their fusion restores a double set of chromosomes); (8), (9), and (10) formation of new macronucleus from micronuclear division



the scheme of the inflectional forms of a verb. In the paradigmatics of a language, conjugation is in contrast to declension. Conjugational forms express the categories of person, number, gender, tense, and mood.

In Russian philology, aspectual forms are traditionally not included in the conjugational system, since in Russian and the other Slavic languages the category of aspect is autonomous in relation to the category of tense. In this respect, the Slavic languages differ from languages with a single system of aspectual and temporal forms, for example, ancient Greek and Latin.

Conjugational forms may be synthetic or analytic. Conjugational systems in different languages vary in terms of the number of tenses and moods they contain. Russian has three tenses and three moods, ancient Greek seven tenses and four moods; some North American Indian languages, such as Hopi, have more than nine moods. Conjugated verb forms express the categories of person, number, and so on, and also the nature of the syntactic bonds between the verbal predicate and the subject and object. For example, Hungarian has both object-related and nonobject-related conjugations: láto-k (“I see”), láto-m (“I see [this specific object]”). In some languages with an ergative structure, the verbs have two paradigms relating to the category of person: an ergative paradigm and an absolute paradigm.

Conjugational systems change over the course of history. For example, the conjugational system of modern Russian is a simplified form of the more complex conjugational system of Old Russian, in which the categories of tense and aspect had not yet become completely separated. The tense system of Old Russian contained a present tense, four past tenses and, probably, two future tenses. In all tenses the verbs differed according to person. There were three paradigms for the category of number: singular, plural, and dual. Some scholars define conjugation as the aggregate of all verbal forms, including nominal forms.


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Sexual reproduction by fusion of two protoplasts in certain thallophytes to form a zygote.
(invertebrate zoology)
Sexual reproduction by temporary union of cells with exchange of nuclear material between two individuals, principally ciliate protozoans.
A process involving contact between two bacterial cells during which genetic material is passed from one cell to the other.


1. a type of sexual reproduction in ciliate protozoans involving the temporary union of two individuals and the subsequent migration and fusion of the gametic nuclei
2. (in bacteria) the direct transfer of DNA between two cells that are temporarily joined
3. the union of gametes, esp isogametes, as in some algae and fungi
4. the pairing of chromosomes in the early phase of a meiotic division
5. Chem the existence of alternating double or triple bonds in a chemical compound, with consequent electron delocalization over part of the molecule
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