repressor

[ ri-pres-er ]
/ rɪˈprɛs ər /

noun

Genetics. a protein that binds DNA at an operator site and thereby prevents transcription of one or more adjacent genes.

Origin of repressor

From Latin, dating back to 1955–60; see origin at repress, -tor

Definition for repressor (2 of 2)

represser

or re·pres·sor

[ ri-pres-er ]
/ rɪˈprɛs ər /

noun

a person or thing that represses.

Origin of represser

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at repress, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for repressor

repressor

/ (rɪˈprɛsə) /

noun

biochem a protein synthesized under the control of a repressor gene, which has the capacity to bind to the operator gene and thereby shut off the expression of the structural genes of an operon
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Medicine definitions for repressor

repressor

[ rĭ-prĕsər ]

n.

One that represses.
A protein, especially either of two proteins produced by regulatory genes, that blocks transcription of an operon.
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Science definitions for repressor

repressor

[ rĭ-prĕsər ]

A protein that binds to an operator, blocking transcription of an operon and the enzymes for which the operon codes.
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