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Medical Term:

ribozyme

Pronunciation: ri'bo-zim

Definition: A nonprotein RNA biocatalyst; several cleave precursors of tRNA to yield functional tRNAs; others act on rRNA; plays a key role in intron splicing events.

Synonym(s): organic catalyst1, RNA enzyme

[ribonucleic acid + -zyme]

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