ribozyme

noun
ri·​bo·​zyme | \ˈrī-bə-ˌzīm \

Definition of ribozyme 

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

First Known Use of ribozyme

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ribozyme

ribonucleic acid + enzyme

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ribozyme

noun
ri·​bo·​zyme | \ˈrī-bə-ˌzīm \

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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