Stop codon
A set of three adjacent bases in the DNA or their complementary bases in messenger RNA that specifies the end of a polypeptide chain. The three stop codons (in messenger RNA) are UAA, UAG, and UGA. They are also called termination codons or nonsense codons. U = uracil; A = adenine; G = guanine.

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stop codon 'stäp- n a genetic codon in messenger RNA that signals the termination of protein synthesis during translation

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termination codon any of the three codons UAA, UAG, and UGA that cause termination of the synthesis of a growing polypeptide chain and its release from the ribosome.

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