What is strain?

  • (noun): (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups.
    Example: "A new strain of microorganisms"
    Synonyms: form, variant, var.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on strain, strains:

Lysobacter - Mechanisms of Antagonism
... enzymogenes strain C3 is unique in that it expresses a wide range of mechanisms contributing to microbial antagonism and biological control that are not ... The strain produces numerous extracellular enzymes that contribute to biocontrol activity, including multiple forms of β-1,3-glucanases and chitinases ... The strain also has been demonstrated to induce systemic resistance in certain plants, protecting them from pathogen infection ...
Louisiana State University Tiger Marching Band - Songs of LSU - "Fight For LSU"
... elements of a musical march and consists of an introduction, a strain that is played twice (and sung twice using the same lyrics), a breakup strain (with new ... Often the band only plays the introduction, a single strain, and the coda ...
Lysobacter Genetics
... enzymogenes strain C3 is a genetically tractable strain allowing for easy construction of gene knockouts, supporting its use as a model genetic system for unraveling ... Indeed, a number of derivative strains of L ... enzymogenes strain C3 already have been constructed, including mutants affected in structural genes encoding enzyme activities, the regulatory clp gene and ...
Salvia Divinorum - Botany - Strains
... There are two commonly cultivated strains which are known to be distinct ... One is the strain that was collected in 1962 by ecologist and psychologist Sterling Bunnell (the Bunnell strain), colloquially mis-attributed as the ... de Jiménez in 1991 by anthropologist Bret Blosser (the Blosser or Palatable strain) ...
Strain Encoding MRI
... Strain Encoding (SENC) in Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a technique developed by Nael Osman's group at Johns Hopkins University for imaging the strain of deforming tissue using MRI ...

More definitions of "strain":

  • (noun): Difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension.
    Synonyms: stress
  • (noun): Pervading note of an utterance.
    Synonyms: tenor
  • (noun): The act of singing.
    Synonyms: song
  • (verb): Separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements.
    Synonyms: sift, sieve
  • (verb): Rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender.
    Synonyms: puree
  • (verb): Alter the shape of (something) by stress.
    Synonyms: deform, distort
  • (verb): Use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity.
    Example: "Don't strain your mind too much"
    Synonyms: extend
  • (verb): Test the limits of.
    Synonyms: try, stress
  • (noun): Injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain.
  • (verb): Stretch or force to the limit.
    Example: "Strain the rope"
    Synonyms: tense
  • (noun): A special variety of domesticated animals within a species.
    Example: "He created a new strain of sheep"
    Synonyms: breed, stock
  • (noun): (physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces.
  • (noun): A lineage or race of people.
    Synonyms: breed
  • (noun): An intense or violent exertion.
    Synonyms: straining
  • (noun): (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress.
    Example: "His responsibilities were a constant strain"; "the mental strain of staying alert hour after hour was too much for him"
    Synonyms: mental strain, nervous strain
  • (verb): Make tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious.
    Synonyms: tense, tense up
  • (verb): To exert much effort or energy.
    Synonyms: strive, reach

Famous quotes containing the word strain:

    A man who strains himself on the stage is bound, if he is any good, to strain all the people sitting in the stalls.
    Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956)

    And but for fancies, which aver
    That all thy motions gently pass
    Athwart a plane of molten glass,
    I scarce could brook the strain and stir
    Alfred Tennyson (1809–1892)

    O Master, let me walk with thee
    In lowly paths of service free;
    Tell me thy secret; help me bear
    The strain of toil, the fret of care;
    Washington Gladden (1836–1918)