polyadenylic acid

polyadenylic acid

[pol-ee-ad-n-il-ik, pol-]
noun Biochemistry.
a homopolymer of adenylic acid enzymatically added to messenger RNA in eukaryotic cells to inhibit the hydrolytic breakdown of messenger RNA.

Origin:
1955–60; poly- + adenylic acid

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To polyadenylic acid
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

polyadenylic acid pol·y·ad·e·nyl·ic acid (pŏl'ē-ād'n-ĭl'ĭk)
n.
A polymer of adenylic acid attached to mRNA that stabilizes the molecule before transport from the nucleus into the cytoplasm.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature