resistance transfer factor


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resistance transfer factor

See R factor.

resistance transfer factor

Abbreviation: RTF
A genetic factor in bacteria that controls resistance to certain antibiotic drugs. The factor may be passed from one bacterium to another. This makes it possible for nonpathogenic bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics and to transfer that resistance to pathogens, thereby establishing a potential source for an epidemic.
Synonym: R factor See: plasmid
See also: factor
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