- a segment of DNA that encodes for the formation of a specific polypeptide chain; a structural gene.
Origin of cistron
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- genetics the section of a chromosome that encodes a single polypeptide chain
Word Origin for cistron
C20: from cis-trans; see cis-trans test
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- 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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- A section of DNA that contains the genetic code for a single polypeptide and functions as a hereditary unit.
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