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initiation codon

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noun ini·ti·a·tion codon \ in-ˌish-ē-ˈā-shən- \
variants: also initiator codon

medical Definition of initiation codon

:start codon
  • Efficient initiation of translation depends upon the existence of a group of six to eight purine-rich nucleotides just upstream from the AUG initiation codon.
  • —James D. Watson et al.Recombinant DNA: A Short Course1983

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