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Ribosomal RNA (rRNA) A class of RNA found in the ribosomes of cells.
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Ribonucleic acid (RNA) A chemical found in the nucleus and cytoplasm of cells; it plays an important role in protein synthesis and other chemical activities of the cell. The structure of RNA is similar to that of DNA. There are several classes of RNA molecules, including messenger RNA, transfer RNA, ribosomal RNA, and other small RNAs, each serving a different purpose.
Ribosome The term proposed by Roberts (1958)for the small cellular components (Gk. soma, body) composed of specialized ribosomal RNA and protein (ribonucleoprotein); site of protein synthesis. Plastids and mitochondria have their own ribosomes (plasto- and mitoribosomes)

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