sequence

[ see-kwuh ns ]
/ ˈsi kwəns /

noun

verb (used with object), se·quenced, se·quenc·ing.

to place in a sequence.
Biochemistry. to determine the order of (chemical units in a polymer chain), especially nucleotides in DNA or RNA or amino acids in a protein.

Origin of sequence

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin sequentia, equivalent to sequ- (stem of sequī to follow) + -entia -ence
SYNONYMS FOR sequence
1 See series.
2 arrangement.
4 outcome, sequel.
Related formsun·der·se·quence, nounun·se·quenced, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sequence

sequence

/ (ˈsiːkwəns) /

noun

verb (tr)

to arrange in a sequence
biochem to determine the order of the units comprising (a protein, nucleic acid, genome, etc)

Word Origin for sequence

C14: from Medieval Latin sequentia that which follows, from Latin sequī to follow
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Medicine definitions for sequence

sequence

[ sēkwəns, -kwĕns′ ]

n.

A following of one thing after another; succession.
An order of succession; an arrangement.
A related or continuous series.
The order of constituents in a polymer, especially the order of nucleotides in a nucleic acid or of the amino acids in a protein.

v.

To organize or arrange in a sequence.
To determine the order of constituents in a polymer, such as a nucleic acid.
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Science definitions for sequence

sequence

[ sēkwəns ]

Noun

A set of quantities ordered in the same manner as the positive integers, in which there is always the same relation between each quantity and the one succeeding it. A sequence can be finite, such as {1, 3, 5, 7, 9}, or it can be infinite, such as {1, 12, 13, 14, … 1n}. Also called progression
The order of subunits that make up a polymer, especially the order of nucleotides in a nucleic acid or of the amino acids in a protein.

Verb

To determine the order of subunits of a polymer.
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