a. The act of conjugating.
b. The state of being conjugated.
a. The inflection of a particular verb.
b. A presentation of the complete set of inflected forms of a verb.
c. A class of verbs having similar inflected forms.
a. The temporary union of two bacterial cells during which one cell transfers part or all of its genome to the other.
b. A process of sexual reproduction in which ciliate protozoans of the same species temporarily couple and exchange genetic material.
c. A process of sexual reproduction in certain algae and fungi in which temporary or permanent fusion occurs, resulting in the union of the male and female gametes.
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