endonuclease

noun en·do·nu·cle·ase \ ˌen-dō-ˈnü-klē-ˌās , -ˌāz , -ˈnyü- \

Definition of endonuclease

: an enzyme that breaks down a nucleotide chain into two or more shorter chains by cleaving the internal covalent bonds linking nucleotides — compare exonuclease

First Known Use of endonuclease

1962


Medical Dictionary

endonuclease

noun en·do·nu·cle·ase \ -ˈn(y)ü-klē-ˌās, -ˌāz \

medical Definition of endonuclease

: an enzyme that breaks down a nucleotide chain into two or more shorter chains by cleaving the internal phosphodiester bonds — see restriction endonuclease — compare exonuclease

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