transfer RNA

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noun \ˈtran(t)s-ˌfər-\

Definition of transfer RNA

  1. :  a relatively small RNA that transfers a particular amino acid to a growing polypeptide chain at the ribosomal site of protein synthesis during translation —called also tRNA — compare messenger rna

1961

First Known Use of transfer rna

1961


Medical Dictionary

transfer RNA

noun

Medical Definition of transfer RNA

  1. :  a relatively small RNA that transfers a particular amino acid to a growing polypeptide chain at the ribosomal site of protein synthesis during translation—called also adapter RNA, soluble RNA, tRNA; compare messenger rna


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