Definition of transgenic in US English:



  • Relating to or denoting an organism that contains genetic material into which DNA from an unrelated organism has been artificially introduced.

    • ‘Also the genetic background in common laboratory and transgenic mice affects the phenotype.’
    • ‘The development of transgenic mice has opened up new possibilities for mutagenicity testing in small animal models.’
    • ‘Yet surely we should not be patenting whole life forms, such as transgenic mice or cotton plants?’
    • ‘Gene mutational damage in the liver can be assessed in the transgenic animal mutation assay.’
    • ‘Tissues were harvested from five independent transgenic lines grown in vitro.’


1980s: from trans- ‘across’ + gene + -ic.