endonuclease


en·do·nu·cle·ase

noun \ˌen-dō-ˈnü-klē-ˌās, -ˌāz, -ˈnyü-\

Definition of ENDONUCLEASE

:  an enzyme that breaks down a nucleotide chain into two or more shorter chains by cleaving the internal covalent bonds linking nucleotides — compare exonuclease

First Known Use of ENDONUCLEASE

1962

en·do·nu·cle·ase

noun \-ˈn(y)ü-klē-ˌās, -ˌāz\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ENDONUCLEASE

: an enzyme that breaks down a nucleotide chain into two or more shorter chains by cleaving the internal phosphodiester bonds—see restriction endonuclease; compare exonuclease

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