anticodon

noun an·ti·co·don \ -ˈkō-ˌdän \

Definition of anticodon

: a triplet of nucleotide bases in transfer RNA that identifies the amino acid carried and binds to a complementary codon in messenger RNA during protein synthesis at a ribosome

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1965

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anticodon

noun an·ti·co·don \ ˌant-i-ˈkō-ˌdän \

medical Definition of anticodon

: a triplet of nucleotide bases in transfer RNA that identifies the amino acid carried and binds to a complementary codon in messenger RNA during protein synthesis at a ribosome

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