Definition of


  1. (noun, substance) a specific sequence of three adjacent nucleotides on a strand of DNA or RNA that specifies the genetic code information for synthesizing a particular amino acid

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Alternate forms of Codon

Hypernyms: sequence

Origin of the word Codon

  1. 1963, from code + -on. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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