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anticodon

[ an-tee-koh-don, an-tahy- ]

noun

, Genetics.
  1. a sequence of three nucleotides in a region of transfer RNA that recognizes a complementary coding triplet of nucleotides in messenger RNA during translation by the ribosomes in protein biosynthesis. Compare codon ( def ).


anticodon

/ ăn′tē-kōdŏn,ăn′tī- /

  1. A sequence of three adjacent nucleotides in transfer RNA that binds to a corresponding codon in messenger RNA and designates a specific amino acid during protein synthesis.


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Origin of anticodon1

First recorded in 1960–65; anti- + codon

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