[kon-juh-gey-shuh n] /ˌkɒn dʒəˈgeɪ ʃən/


an act of joining:
a conjugation of related ideas.
the state of being joined together; union; conjunction.


a joining, union, or conjunction
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
(in bacteria) the direct transfer of DNA between two cells that are temporarily joined
the union of gametes, esp isogametes, as in some algae and fungi
the pairing of chromosomes in the early phase of a meiotic division
(chem) the existence of alternating double or triple bonds in a chemical compound, with consequent electron delocalization over part of the molecule

mid-15c., from Latin conjugationem (nominative conjugatio) “a combining, connecting,” noun of action from conjugare “to join together” (see conjugal). Grammatical sense is 1520s.

conjugation con·ju·ga·tion (kŏn’jə-gā’shən)


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