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Meaning of codon

co•don

Pronunciation: (kō'don), [key]
— n. Genetics.
  1. a triplet of adjacent nucleotides in the messenger RNA chain that codes for a specific amino acid in the synthesis of a protein molecule. Also calledCf. anticodon.
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