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: relating to or being a genetic mutation involving alteration of one or more codons so that different amino acids are determined — compare antisense, nonsense
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1961, in the meaning defined above
mis- + -sense (as in nonsense)
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(Entry 1 of 2)
: relating to or being a genetic mutation involving alteration of one or more codons so that different amino acids are determined
missense mutations a missense suppressor
— compare antisense, nonsense
Medical Definition of missense (Entry 2 of 2)
: missense genetic mutation — compare nonsense
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