lagging strand


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lagging strand

[′lag·iŋ ‚strand]
(cell and molecular biology)
In deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) replication, the 3′ to 5′ DNA strand that is discontinuously synthesized as a series of Okazaki fragments in the 5′ to 3′ direction.
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The short DNA fragment is the precursor of the newly synthesized DNA strand on the lagging strand.
One strand is the leading strand; the other, the lagging strand. Because of the way DNA replicates, the enzyme that copies the lagging strand is unable to copy the DNA all the way to the end of the chromosome.
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