antisense


an·ti·sense

adjective \ˈan-ˌtī-ˌsen(t)s, ˈan-tē-\

Definition of ANTISENSE

:  having a sequence complementary to a segment of genetic material; specifically :  of, being, relating to, or possessing a sequence of DNA or RNA that is complementary to and pairs with a specific messenger RNA blocking it from being translated into protein and serving to inhibit gene function <antisense drug therapy> <antisense RNA> — compare missense, nonsense

Origin of ANTISENSE

anti- + nonsense
First Known Use: 1977

an·ti·sense

adjective \ˈan-ˌtī-ˌsens, ˈan-ti-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ANTISENSE

: having a sequence complementary to a segment of genetic material; specifically : of, being, relating to, or possessing a sequence of DNA or RNA that is complementary to and pairs with a specific messenger RNA blocking it from being translated into protein and serving to inhibit gene function <antisense RNA> <antisense drug therapy to inhibit malignant cell proliferation> <antisense research>—compare missense, nonsense

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: antisepsis
Previous Word in the Dictionary: anti–Semitism
All Words Near: antisense

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up antisense? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).