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Complementary DNA

Synonym(s)

  • cDNA
  • DNA, complementary

Definition(s)

A DNA that is complementary to a given RNA which serves as a template for synthesis of the DNA in the presence of reverse transcriptase.

Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical DictionaryThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. by Merriam-Webster Inc.

Complementary DNA produced from a RNA template by the action of RNA-dependent DNA polymerase.

Definition from: Human Genome Project InformationThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the U.S. Department of Energy

Related discussion in the Handbook

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: August 18, 2014