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ribozyme

[ rahy-buh-zahym ]
/ ˈraɪ bəˌzaɪm /
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noun

a segment of RNA that can act as a catalyst.

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Origin of ribozyme

First recorded in 1985–90; ribo(some) + (en)zyme

OTHER WORDS FROM ribozyme

ri·bo·zy·mal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ribozyme

ribozyme
/ (ˈraɪbəʊˌzaɪm) /

noun

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

Medical definitions for ribozyme

ribozyme
[ rībə-zīm′ ]

n.

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.
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