polymerase definition

  • noun:
    • any one of numerous enzymes, such as for instance DNA polymerase, RNA polymerase, or reverse transcriptase, that catalyze the formation of polynucleotides of DNA or RNA making use of a current strand of DNA or RNA as a template.
    • any one of various enzymes that catalyze the formation of polymers of DNA or RNA using a current strand of DNA or RNA as a template.
    • an enzyme that catalyzes the formation of brand-new DNA and RNA from a current strand of DNA or RNA

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