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operon

operon

noun op·er·on \ˈä-pə-ˌrän\

Definition of OPERON

:  a group of closely linked genes that produces a single messenger RNA molecule in transcription and that consists of structural genes and regulating elements (as an operator and promoter)

Origin of OPERON

French opéron, from opérer to bring about, effect (from Latin operari) + -on 2-on
First Known Use: 1961

operon

noun op·er·on \ˈäp-ə-ˌrän\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of OPERON

:  a group of closely linked genes that produces a single messenger RNA molecule in transcription and that consists of structural genes and regulating elements (as an operator and promoter)

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