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cistron

[sis-tron]
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noun Genetics.
  1. a segment of DNA that encodes for the formation of a specific polypeptide chain; a structural gene.
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Origin of cistron

First recorded in 1955–60; cis- + tr(ans)- + -on1
Related formscis·tron·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cistron

cistron

noun
  1. genetics the section of a chromosome that encodes a single polypeptide chain
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Word Origin

C20: from cis-trans; see cis-trans test
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cistron in Medicine

cistron

(sĭstrŏn′)
n.
  1. The smallest functional unit of heredity; a length of chromosomal DNA associated with a single biochemical function and essentially equivalent to a gene.
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Related formscis•tronic adj.
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cistron in Science

cistron

[sĭstrŏn′]
  1. A section of DNA that contains the genetic code for a single polypeptide and functions as a hereditary unit.
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