cistron

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noun cis·tron \ ˈsis-ˌträn \

Definition of cistron

:a segment of DNA that is equivalent to a gene and that specifies a single functional unit (such as a protein or enzyme)

cistronic

play \sis-ˈträ-nik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of cistron

cis- + trans- + 2-on


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cistron

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noun cis·tron \ ˈsis-ˌträn \

medical Definition of cistron

:a segment of DNA that is equivalent to a gene and that specifies a single functional unit (as a protein or enzyme)

cistronic

play \sis-ˈträn-ik\ adjective

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