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polyadenylic acid

[pol-ee-ad-n-il-ik, pol-]
noun Biochemistry.
  1. a homopolymer of adenylic acid enzymatically added to messenger RNA in eukaryotic cells to inhibit the hydrolytic breakdown of messenger RNA.
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Origin of polyadenylic acid

First recorded in 1955–60; poly- + adenylic acid
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polyadenylic acid in Medicine

polyadenylic acid

  1. A polymer of adenylic acid attached to mRNA that stabilizes the molecule before transport from the nucleus into the cytoplasm.
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