Definition of ribozyme in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrībəˌzīm/


An RNA molecule capable of acting as an enzyme.
Example sentences
  • They placed the DNA copy between two ribozymes, RNA molecules that have enzymatic function and can cleave RNA sequence at specific locations.
  • The vesicles were immobilized on supported bilayers and single-molecule analysis was performed for DNA molecules and hairpin ribozymes.
  • In addition, certain RNAs can fold to form catalytic ribozymes, analogous to enzymes, which assist in RNA processing events whereas others facilitate in specific RNA, DNA, or protein interactions.


1980s: blend of ribonucleic (from ribonucleic acid) and enzyme.

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Syllabification: ri·bo·zyme

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