ribosomal RNA

noun Biochemistry.

a type of RNA, distinguished by its length and abundance, functioning in protein synthesis as a component of ribosomes. Abbreviation: rRNA

Origin of ribosomal RNA

First recorded in 1960–65; ribosome + -al1
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British Dictionary definitions for ribosomal rna

ribosomal RNA


biochem a type of RNA thought to be transcribed from DNA in the nucleoli of cell nuclei, subsequently forming the component of ribosomes on which the translation of messenger RNA into protein chains is accomplishedSometimes shortened to: rRNA
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ribosomal rna in Medicine

ribosomal RNA


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ribosomal rna in Science

ribosomal RNA


The RNA that is a structural component of a ribosome. Comparison of gene sequences of the ribosomal RNA of different organisms has been used to determine evolutionary relationships among the organisms. See more at RNA.
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