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codon

Pronunciation: ko'don

Definition: A set of three consecutive nucleotides in a strand of DNA or RNA that provides the genetic information to code for a specific amino acid that will be incorporated into a protein chain or serve as a termination signal.

Synonym(s): triplet3

[code + -on]

See Also: genetic code

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