- a noncoding segment in a length of DNA that interrupts a gene-coding sequence or nontranslated sequence, the corresponding segment being removed from the RNA copy before transcription.
Origin of intron
Also called intervening sequence.
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- biochem a stretch of DNA that interrupts a gene and does not contribute to the specification of a proteinCompare exon 2
C20: from intr (agenic) (regi) on
Word Origin and History for intervening sequence
1978, from intragenic + -on.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A segment of a gene situated between exons that does not function in coding for protein synthesis.
- A segment of a gene situated between exons that does not function in coding for protein synthesis. After transcription of a gene to messenger RNA, the transcriptions of introns are removed, and the exons are spliced together by enzymes before translation and assembly of amino acids into proteins. Compare exon.
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