cistron

noun
cis·​tron | \ ˈsi-ˌsträn How to pronounce cistron (audio) \

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)

Other Words from cistron

cistronic \ si-​ˈsträ-​nik How to pronounce cistron (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of cistron

1957, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cistron

cis- + trans- + -on entry 2

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“Cistron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cistron. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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cistron

noun
cis·​tron | \ ˈsis-ˌträn How to pronounce cistron (audio) \

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)

Other Words from cistron

cistronic \ sis-​ˈträn-​ik How to pronounce cistron (audio) \ adjective

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