missense

adjective
mis·​sense | \ ˈmis-ˌsen(t)s How to pronounce missense (audio) \

Definition of missense

: relating to or being a gene mutation involving alteration of one or more codons so that different amino acids are determined — compare antisense, nonsense

Examples of missense in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web A missense mutation, for example, swaps one amino acid in the protein for another. Nicholette Zeliadt, Washington Post, 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of missense

1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for missense

mis- + -sense (as in nonsense)

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“Missense.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/missense. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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missense

adjective
mis·​sense | \ ˈmis-ˌsen(t)s How to pronounce missense (audio) \

Medical Definition of missense

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to or being a gene mutation involving alteration of one or more codons so that different amino acids are determined missense mutations a missense suppressor — compare antisense, nonsense

missense

noun

Medical Definition of missense (Entry 2 of 2)

: missense genetic mutation — compare nonsense

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