Definition of transcriptase in English:


Syllabification: tran·scrip·tase
Pronunciation: /tranˈskripˌtās, -ˌtāz


  • An enzyme that catalyzes the formation of RNA from a DNA template during transcription. Also called RNA polymer.
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    • A chromosome-specific cosmid library was screened with the amplified 240-bp npkA fragment identified in the differential display-reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction procedure.
    • We used the following key words: cancer, tumour markers, prognosis, various malignant diseases, and RT-PCR [reversed transcriptase and polymerase chain reaction].
    • Total RNA derived from dorsal and ventral skin was reverse transcribed using random hexamer primers and MMLV-reverse transcriptase.

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