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Definition 1: (genetics) a virus or other agent that is used to deliver DNA to a cell - [noun denoting animal]

(vector is a kind of ...) (virology) ultramicroscopic infectious agent that replicates itself only within cells of living hosts; many are pathogenic; a piece of nucleic acid (DNA or RNA) wrapped in a thin coat of protein

(... is a kind of vector ) (genetics) a large vector that is made from a bacteriophage and used to clone genes or gene fragments

(vector belongs to category ...) the branch of biology that studies heredity and variation in organisms

Definition 2: a variable quantity that can be resolved into components - [noun denoting cognition]

(vector is a kind of ...) a quantity that can assume any of a set of values

(... is a kind of vector ) a vector that is the product of two other vectors

(... is a kind of vector ) a vector that is the sum of two or more other vectors

(... is a kind of vector ) a line connecting a point in space to the origin of a polar coordinate system

(... is a kind of vector ) a line connecting a satellite to the center of the body around which it is rotating

Definition 3: any agent (person or animal or microorganism) that carries and transmits a disease - [noun denoting object]

Samples where vector or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • mosquitos are vectors of malaria and yellow fever
  • fleas are vectors of the plague
  • aphids are transmitters of plant diseases
  • when medical scientists talk about vectors they are usually talking about insects

Synonyms for vector in the sense of this definition

(vector is a kind of ...) an active and efficient cause; capable of producing a certain effect

"their research uncovered new disease agents"

(... is a kind of vector ) a vector for delivering genes into cells

(... is a kind of vector ) (medicine) a person (or animal) who has some pathogen to which he is immune but who can pass it on to others

(vector belongs to category ...) a living organism characterized by voluntary movement

(vector belongs to category ...) any organism of microscopic size

Definition 4: a straight line segment whose length is magnitude and whose orientation in space is direction - [noun denoting shape]

(vector is a kind of ...) a line traced by a point traveling in a constant direction; a line of zero curvature

"the shortest distance between two points is a straight line"

(... is a kind of vector ) (mathematics) a straight line extending from a point

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