R plasmid, R factor


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R plasmid, R factor

or

resistance factor

a transferable PLASMID of many bacteria that carries genes for resistance to antibiotics or other antimicrobial agents. It is often associated with a transfer factor, which after conjugation results in the transfer of the R plasmid to another bacterium.
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