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RIBOSOME

 Dictionary entry overview: What does ribosome mean? 

RIBOSOME (noun)
  The noun RIBOSOME has 1 sense:

1. an organelle in the cytoplasm of a living cell; they attach to mRNA and move down it one codon at a time and then stop until tRNA brings the required amino acid; when it reaches a stop codon it falls apart and releases the completed protein molecule for use by the cell

  Familiarity information: RIBOSOME used as a noun is very rare.


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RIBOSOME (noun)


Sense 1ribosome [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An organelle in the cytoplasm of a living cell; they attach to mRNA and move down it one codon at a time and then stop until tRNA brings the required amino acid; when it reaches a stop codon it falls apart and releases the completed protein molecule for use by the cell

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Context example:

the ribosome is the site of protein synthesis

Hypernyms ("ribosome" is a kind of...):

cell organ; cell organelle; organelle (a specialized part of a cell; analogous to an organ)


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