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operon

[ op-uh-ron ]

noun

, Genetics.
  1. a set of two or more adjacent cistrons whose transcription is under the coordinated control of a promoter, an operator, and a regulator gene.


operon

/ ˈɒpəˌrɒn /

noun

  1. genetics a group of adjacent genes in bacteria functioning as a unit, consisting of structural genes and an operator


operon

/ ŏpə-rŏn′ /

  1. A sequence of genetic material that functions in a coordinated manner, consisting of an operator, a promoter, and one or more structural genes that are transcribed together. Operons were first found in prokaryotes.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of operon1

1960–65; < French opéron, equivalent to opér ( er ) to work, operate + -on -on 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of operon1

C20: from operate

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