One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A salt or ester, or the anion, of polyadenylic acid; the acid itself.
with object To attach a polyadenylate moiety to (a nucleotide, nucleic acid, etc.).
1960s; earliest use found in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. From poly- + adenylate<br>1970s; earliest use found in Quarterly Review of Biology. From polyadenylate.
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