start codon

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in·i·ti·a·ting co·don

the trinucleotide AUG (or sometimes GUG) that codes for the first amino acid in protein sequences, formylmethionine; the latter is often removed post-transcriptionally.
Synonym(s): start codon

start codon

n.
A codon, AUG in eukaryotes and either GUG or UUG in bacteria, that signals the initiation of translation and the first amino acid in a polypeptide chain. Also called chain initiation codon.