transfer RNA

noun
\ ˈtran(t)s-ˌfər- How to pronounce transfer RNA (audio) \

Definition of transfer RNA

: 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

First Known Use of transfer RNA

1961, in the meaning defined above

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“Transfer RNA.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transfer%20RNA. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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transfer RNA

noun

Medical Definition of transfer RNA

: 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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