codon

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noun co·don \ˈkō-ˌdän\

Definition of codon

  1. :  a specific sequence of three consecutive nucleotides that is part of the genetic code and that specifies a particular amino acid in a protein or starts or stops protein synthesis —called also triplet

Origin and Etymology of codon

1code + 2-on


First Known Use: 1963


Medical Dictionary

codon

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noun co·don \ˈkō-ˌdän\

Medical Definition of codon

  1. :  a specific sequence of three consecutive nucleotides that is part of the genetic code and that specifies a particular amino acid in a protein or starts or stops protein synthesis—called also triplet



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