Definition of telomerase in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtiːlə(ʊ)mɪəreɪz/
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛlə(ʊ)mɪəreɪz/


The enzyme in a eukaryote that repairs the telomeres of the chromosomes so that they do not become progressively shorter during successive rounds of chromosome replication.
Example sentences
  • Human cells have an additional barrier to unfettered replication - most lack the chromosome repair enzyme called telomerase that rat cells possess.
  • Telomeres, the natural ends of linear chromosomes, are maintained by the specialized reverse transcriptase called telomerase.
  • In eukaryotic cells with telomeres composed of short tandem repeats, this involves the enzyme telomerase.

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