reverse transcriptase

noun
reverse tran·​scrip·​tase | \ -ˌtran-ˈskrip-(ˌ)tās How to pronounce reverse transcriptase (audio) , -(ˌ)tāz \

Definition of reverse transcriptase

: a polymerase especially of retroviruses that catalyzes the formation of DNA using RNA as a template

Examples of reverse transcriptase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At a lab, a technician performs a test often used for flu – a RT-PCR, or reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Q&A: Here's everything you need to know about COVID-19 and its impact on Kentucky," 24 Mar. 2020 Viral Detection To determine whether a nasopharyngeal sample is positive for the coronavirus, biotechnicians use a technique known as reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction, or RT-PCR. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "Here’s How Coronavirus Tests Work—and Who Offers Them," 27 Mar. 2020 At a lab, a technician performs a test often used for flu – a RT-PCR, or reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Q&A: Here's everything you need to know about COVID-19 and its impact on Kentucky," 24 Mar. 2020 At a lab, a technician performs a test often used for flu – a RT-PCR, or reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Q&A: Here's everything you need to know about COVID-19 and its impact on Kentucky," 24 Mar. 2020 At a lab, a technician performs a test often used for flu – a RT-PCR, or reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Q&A: Here's everything you need to know about COVID-19 and its impact on Kentucky," 24 Mar. 2020 The reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction test, or RT-PCR test, is the standard test used to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "The NBA wants to finish season. These medical experts know how that can happen," 12 Apr. 2020 At a lab, a technician performs a test often used for flu – a RT-PCR, or reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Q&A: Here's everything you need to know about COVID-19 and its impact on Kentucky," 24 Mar. 2020 At a lab, a technician performs a test often used for flu – a RT-PCR, or reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Q&A: Here's everything you need to know about COVID-19 and its impact on Kentucky," 24 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of reverse transcriptase

1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Reverse transcriptase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reverse%20transcriptase. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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reverse transcriptase

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Medical Definition of reverse transcriptase

: a polymerase especially of retroviruses that catalyzes the formation of DNA using RNA as a template

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