genetic code

noun
Updated on: 6 Jan 2018

Definition of genetic code

: the biochemical basis of heredity consisting of codons in DNA and RNA that determine the specific amino acid sequence in proteins and appear to be uniform for nearly all known forms of life

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First Known Use of genetic code

1958


GENETIC CODE Defined for Kids

genetic code

noun

Definition of genetic code for Students

: the arrangement of chemical groups within the genes which specify particular kinds of amino acids used to make proteins

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genetic code

noun

medical Definition of genetic code

: the biochemical basis of heredity consisting of codons in DNA and RNA that determine the specific amino acid sequence in proteins and that appear to be uniform for all known forms of life

genetic coding

noun

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