stop codon

noun

: a genetic codon in messenger RNA that signals the termination of protein synthesis during translation
Each codon stands for one of the 20 amino acids that make up proteins or for one of three stop codons that signal the end of a protein chain.Tina Hesman, Science News

called also termination codon

compare start codon

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“Stop codon.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/stop%20codon. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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