persistence


persistence
(1) The tendency of a cell to continue moving in one direction: an internal bias on the random walk behaviour that cells exhibit in isotropic environments.
(2) Of viruses that persist in a cell population, animal, plant or population for long periods often in a non-replicating form, by such strategies as integration into host DNA, immunological suppression, or mutation into forms with slow replication.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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  • Persistence — may refer to: * Persistence (computer science), the characteristic of data that outlives the execution of the program that created it * Persistence (meteorology), the meteorological phenomenon by which weather remains relatively unchanged over… …   Wikipedia

  • Persistence — Per*sist ence, Persistency Per*sist en*cy, n. [See {Persistent}.] 1. The quality or state of being persistent; staying or continuing quality; hence, in an unfavorable sense, doggedness; obstinacy. [1913 Webster] 2. The continuance of an effect… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • persistence — persistence, persistency Both words came into English in the 16c and they remain largely interchangeable, although in current use persistence is commoner: • Agelessly silent, with a reptile s persistency D. H. Lawrence, 1921 • By sheer… …   Modern English usage

  • persistence — [pər sist′ən sē, pər zist′ən sēpər sist′əns, pərzist′əns] n. [Fr persistance] 1. the act of persisting; stubborn or enduring continuance 2. the quality of being persistent; tenacity: also persistency [pər sist′ən sē, pər zist′ən sē] 3. the… …   English World dictionary

  • persistence — index continuance, continuation (prolongation), diligence (perseverance), industry (activity), longevity …   Law dictionary

  • persistence — 1540s, from Fr. persistance, from L. persistentem (see PERSIST (Cf. persist)). Often spelled persistance 16c. Related: Persistency …   Etymology dictionary

  • persistence — n. 1) to display, show persistence 2) dogged persistence 3) persistence in 4) the persistence to + inf. (will you have the persistence to stick it out?) * * * [pə sɪstəns] showpersistence dogged persistence to display persistence in the… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • persistence — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ dogged, stubborn ▪ great, remarkable, sheer VERB + PERSISTENCE ▪ demonstrate, show …   Collocations dictionary

  • persistence — [[t]pə(r)sɪ̱stəns[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT If you have persistence, you continue to do something even though it is difficult or other people are against it. Skill comes only with practice, patience and persistence... Chandra was determined to become a… …   English dictionary

  • persistence — per|sis|tence [pəˈsıstəns US pər ] n [U] 1.) determination to do something even though it is difficult or other people oppose it ▪ Her persistence paid off when she was offered the job of manager. ▪ Why can t I come? repeated Will with dogged… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • persistence — /peuhr sis teuhns, zis /, n. 1. the act or fact of persisting. 2. the quality of being persistent: You have persistence, I ll say that for you. 3. continued existence or occurrence: the persistence of smallpox. 4. the continuance of an effect… …   Universalium


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