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ribozyme

[rahy-buh-zahym] /ˈraɪ bəˌzaɪm/
noun
1.
a segment of RNA that can act as a catalyst.
Origin
1985-1990
1985-90; ribo(some) + (en)zyme
Related forms
ribozymal, adjective
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  • If a transcription error affects certain parts of the ribozyme, further replication is impossible.
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ribozyme

/ˈraɪbəʊˌzaɪm/
noun
1.
an RNA molecule capable of catalysing a chemical reaction, usually the cleavage of another RNA molecule
Word Origin
C20: from ribo(nucleic acid) + (en)zyme
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ribozyme in Medicine

ribozyme ri·bo·zyme (rī'bə-zīm')
n.
A strand of RNA that attaches to specific sites on other RNA strands and lyses the strands.

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