sticky end


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sticky end

n
informal an unpleasant finish or death (esp in the phrase come to or meet a sticky end)

stick′y end′


n.
a single-stranded end of a DNA or RNA molecule, produced in the laboratory for connecting with another molecule by base-pairing.
[1970–75]
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Noun1.sticky end - an end of DNA in which one strand of the double helix extends a few units beyond the other
deoxyribonucleic acid, desoxyribonucleic acid, DNA - (biochemistry) a long linear polymer found in the nucleus of a cell and formed from nucleotides and shaped like a double helix; associated with the transmission of genetic information; "DNA is the king of molecules"
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