- any of several enzymes that catalyze the formation of a long-chain molecule by linking smaller molecular units, as nucleotides with nucleic acids.
Origin of polymerase
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- any enzyme that catalyses the synthesis of a polymer, esp the synthesis of DNA or RNA
Word Origin and History for polymerase
1866, coined by Berzelius (1830) from Greek polymeres "having many parts" (see polymer).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Any of various enzymes that catalyze polymerization, especially those that catalyze the synthesis of polynucleotides of DNA or RNA using an existing strand of DNA or RNA as a template.
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- Any of various enzymes, such as DNA polymerase, RNA polymerase, or reverse transcriptase, that catalyze the formation of sequences of DNA or RNA using an existing strand of DNA or RNA as a template.
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