messenger RNA

noun

Definition of messenger RNA 

: an RNA produced by transcription that carries the code for a particular protein from the nuclear DNA to a ribosome in the cytoplasm and acts as a template for the formation of that protein — compare transfer rna

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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messenger RNA

noun

Medical Definition of messenger RNA 

: an RNA produced by transcription that carries the code for a particular protein from the nuclear DNA to a ribosome in the cytoplasm and acts as a template for the formation of that protein

called also mRNA

— compare transfer rna

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