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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [koh-don]
    • /ˈkoʊ dɒn/
    • /ˈkoʊ·dɑn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [koh-don]
    • /ˈkoʊ dɒn/

Definitions of codon word

  • noun codon a unit that consists of three adjacent bases on a DNA molecule and that determines the position of a specific amino acid in a protein molecule during protein synthesis 3
  • noun codon a small group of chemical units, consisting of a sequence of three nucleotides, that codes the incorporation of a specific small group of amino acids into a protein molecule during the synthesis of the protein; codons are present in DNA and RNA 3
  • noun codon a triplet of adjacent nucleotides in the messenger RNA chain that codes for a specific amino acid in the synthesis of a protein molecule. 1
  • noun codon A sequence of three nucleotides that together form a unit of genetic code in a DNA or RNA molecule. 1
  • noun codon A handbell used for summoning monks. 0
  • noun codon The "bell" or flaring mouth of a trumpet. 0

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Origin of codon

First appearance:

before 1960
One of the 3% newest English words
An Americanism dating back to 1960-65; code + -on1

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Codon


codon popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

codon usage trend in Literature

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