RNA interference

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Definition of RNA interference

: a posttranscriptional genetic mechanism of eukaryotes that suppresses gene expression and in which double-stranded RNA cleaved into small fragments initiates the degradation of a complementary messenger RNA sequence also : a technique (such as the introduction of double-stranded RNA into an organism) that artificially induces RNA interference and is used for studying or regulating gene expression

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1998, in the meaning defined above

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“RNA interference.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/RNA%20interference. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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RNA interference

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Medical Definition of RNA interference

: a posttranscriptional genetic mechanism of various eukaryotes (as plants, fungi, nematodes, and mammals) which suppresses gene expression and in which double-stranded RNA cleaved into small fragments initiates the degradation of a complementary messenger RNA sequence also : a technique (as the introduction of double-stranded RNA into an organism) that artificially induces RNA interference and is used for studying or regulating gene expression

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