ribozyme

[ rahy-buh-zahym ]
/ ˈraɪ bəˌzaɪm /

noun

a segment of RNA that can act as a catalyst.

Nearby words

  1. ribosomal rna,
  2. ribosome,
  3. ribosuria,
  4. ribosyl,
  5. ribozo,
  6. ribwort,
  7. ric,
  8. ricardian theory of rent,
  9. ricardo,
  10. ricardo, david

Origin of ribozyme

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

Related formsri·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

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Medicine definitions for ribozyme

ribozyme

[ rībə-zīm′ ]

n.

A strand of RNA that attaches to specific sites on other RNA strands and lyses the strands.

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