open reading frame

noun
open read·​ing frame | \ -ˈrēd-iŋ- How to pronounce open reading frame (audio) \

Medical Definition of open reading frame

: a reading frame that does not contain a nucleotide triplet which stops translation before formation of a complete polypeptide abbreviation ORF

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“Open reading frame.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/open%20reading%20frame. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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