Pro*ces"sive (?), a.

Proceeding; advancing.

Because it is language, -- ergo, processive. Coleridge.

<-- (Biochemistry) acting from one end of a polymer, and continuing to act on the same polymer, rather than detaching and re-binding randomly to other molecules. Said of polymerases or hydrolytic enzymes. Opposed to "distributive". Colloquially, (laboratory slang) processive and distributive enzymes may be referred to as "clingers" and "hoppers", respectively. -->

 

© Webster 1913.

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