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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sis-tron]
    • /ˈsɪs trɒn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sis-tron]
    • /ˈsɪs trɒn/

Definitions of cistron word

  • noun cistron the section of a chromosome that encodes a single polypeptide chain 3
  • noun cistron the smallest sequence of DNA needed to direct the synthesis of a functional polypeptide; a gene 3
  • noun cistron a segment of DNA that encodes for the formation of a specific polypeptide chain; a structural gene. 1
  • noun cistron A section of a DNA or RNA molecule that codes for a specific polypeptide in protein synthesis. 1
  • noun cistron Sometimes used interchangeably with the word gene, a cistron is the unit of hereditary material (e.g. DNA) that encodes one protein. 0

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Origin of cistron

First appearance:

before 1955
One of the 4% newest English words
First recorded in 1955-60; cis- + tr(ans)- + -on1

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Parts of speech for Cistron


cistron popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 78% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 66% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

cistron usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for cistron

noun cistron

Top questions with cistron

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