Origin of ribozyme

First recorded in 1985–90; ribo(some) + (en)zyme
Related formsri·bo·zy·mal, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ribozyme


  1. an RNA molecule capable of catalysing a chemical reaction, usually the cleavage of another RNA molecule

Word Origin for ribozyme

C20: from ribo (nucleic acid) + (en) zyme
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

ribozyme in Medicine


  1. A strand of RNA that attaches to specific sites on other RNA strands and lyses the strands.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.