Definition of ribozyme in English:

ribozyme

Line breaks: ribo|zyme
Pronunciation: /ˈrʌɪbə(ʊ)zʌɪm
 
/

noun

Biochemistry
  • An RNA molecule capable of acting as an enzyme.
    More 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.

Origin

1980s: blend of ribonucleic acid and enzyme.

More definitions of ribozyme

Definition of ribozyme in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kəːf
noun
a slit made by cutting with a saw