messenger RNA


noun Genetics.

a single-stranded molecule of RNA that is synthesized in the nucleus from a DNA template and then enters the cytoplasm, where its genetic code specifies the amino acid sequence for protein synthesis. Abbreviation: mRNA

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Origin of messenger RNA

First recorded in 1960–65
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British Dictionary definitions for messenger RNA

messenger RNA

noun

biochem a form of RNA, transcribed from a single strand of DNA, that carries genetic information required for protein synthesis from DNA to the ribosomesSometimes shortened to: mRNA See also transfer RNA, genetic code
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Medical definitions for messenger RNA

messenger RNA
[ mĕsən-jər ]

n.

mRNA
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Scientific definitions for messenger RNA

messenger RNA
[ mĕsən-jər ]

See under RNA.
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