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restriction enzyme

noun, Biochemistry.
any of a group of enzymes that catalyze the cleavage of DNA molecules at specific sites: used for gene splicing in recombinant DNA technology and for chromosome mapping.
Origin of restriction enzyme
1960-65 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for restriction-enzyme

restriction enzyme

any of several enzymes produced by bacteria as a defence against viral infection and commonly used to cut DNA for genetic manipulation or diagnosis
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restriction-enzyme in Medicine

restriction enzyme re·stric·tion enzyme (rĭ-strĭk'shən)
Any of a group of enzymes that cleave DNA at specific sites to produce discrete fragments, used especially in gene-splicing. Also called restriction endonuclease.

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