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Meaning of transfer RNA

transfer RNA

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— Genetics. Genetics.
  1. a small RNA molecule, consisting of a strand of nucleotides folded into a clover-leaf shape, that picks up an unattached amino acid within the cell cytoplasm and conveys it to the ribosome for protein synthesis. Abbr.: tRNA
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