follow Dictionary.com

What does Boxing Day have to do with boxing?

stop codon

noun, Genetics.
1.
a codon that stops the synthesis of a protein molecule.
Also called chain termination codon.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
chain termination codon in Science
stop codon
  (stŏp)   
Any of three codons in a molecule of messenger RNA that do not code for an amino acid and thereby signal the termination of the synthesis of a protein. The three stop codons are UAA, UAG, and UGA, where U is uracil, A is adenine, and G is guanine. Also called termination codon.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for stop codon

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for chain

10
11
Scrabble Words With Friends