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tandem repeat

noun

Definition of tandem repeat

  1. :  any of several identical DNA segments lying one after the other in a sequence



1973

First Known Use of tandem repeat

1973


Medical Dictionary

tandem repeat

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noun tan·dem repeat \ˈtan-dəm-\

Medical Definition of tandem repeat

  1. :  any of several identical DNA segments lying one after the other in a sequence <Although certain of these repetitive sequences are scattered throughout the DNA, others are reiterated many times in a row, so that they resemble the DNA equivalent of a stutter. These tandem repeats are usually found in critical regions, notably in the centromere …—Robert K. Moyzis, Scientific American, August 1991> <The DNA fingerprint technique is based on the existence of regions of DNA that are made up of tandem repeats …—Roger Levin, Science, 1 Aug. 1986>—compare long terminal repeat




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