Definition of exonuclease in English:

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exonuclease

Pronunciation: /ˌeksōˈn(y)o͞oklēās/

noun

Biochemistry
An enzyme that removes successive nucleotides from the end of a polynucleotide molecule.
Example sentences
  • Orn was shown by in vitro analysis to be an exonuclease specific for RNA molecules shorter than five nucleotides in length.
  • A given exonuclease hydrolyzes DNA at a fixed rate, but there exist a distribution of conformations and a distribution of hydrolysis rates.
  • The rapid rise of the first fluorescence maximum puts a strict upper bound on the timescale of magnesium binding to the exonuclease.

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Syllabification: ex·o·nu·cle·ase

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