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  • (genetics) a virus or other agent that is used to deliver DNA to a cell
  • any agent (person or animal or microorganism) that carries and transmits a disease
    • 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
  • a straight line segment whose length is magnitude and whose orientation in space is direction
  • a variable quantity that can be resolved into components
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