cistron

noun

cis·​tron ˈsi-ˌsträn How to pronounce cistron (audio)
: a segment of DNA that is equivalent to a gene and that specifies a single functional unit (such as a protein or enzyme)
cistronic adjective

Word History

Etymology

cis- + trans- + -on entry 2

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cistron was in 1957

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Cite this Entry

“Cistron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cistron. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

cistron

noun
cis·​tron ˈsis-ˌträn How to pronounce cistron (audio)
: a segment of DNA that is equivalent to a gene and that specifies a single functional unit (as a protein or enzyme)
cistronic adjective

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