ribozyme

noun
ri·​bo·​zyme | \ ˈrī-bə-ˌzīm How to pronounce ribozyme (audio) \

Definition of ribozyme

: a molecule of RNA that functions as an enzyme (as by catalyzing the cleavage of other RNA molecules)

Examples of ribozyme in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers then subjected the pool of ribozymes to a challenge. Quanta Magazine, "A New Step in Re-Creating First Life on Earth," 25 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of ribozyme

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ribozyme

ribonucleic acid + enzyme

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“Ribozyme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ribozyme. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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ribozyme

noun
ri·​bo·​zyme | \ ˈrī-bə-ˌzīm How to pronounce ribozyme (audio) \

Medical Definition of ribozyme

: a molecule of RNA that functions as an enzyme (as by catalyzing the cleavage of other RNA molecules)

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