messenger


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mes·sen·ger

(mes'en-jer),
1. That which carries a message.
2. Having message-carrying properties.

messenger

1. Pertaining to ribonucleic acid (RNA) that carries the coded information for protein synthesis from the DNA to the site of protein synthesis, the RIBOSOMES.
2. A HORMONE or other effector capable of acting at a distance from its site of production. A second messenger is a hormone, produced within a cell and operating on internal structures, when another hormone acts on the outer cell membrane.
References in classic literature ?
MESSENGER Why, since I came to give thee pleasure, King, Have I not rid thee of this second fear?
MESSENGER Well, I confess what chiefly made me come Was hope to profit by thy coming home.
MESSENGER My son, 'tis plain, thou know'st not what thou doest.
MESSENGER Lest through thy parents thou shouldst be accursed?
MESSENGER Dost thou not know thy fears are baseless all?
MESSENGER Since Polybus was naught to thee in blood.
MESSENGER Know that he took thee from my hands, a gift.
MESSENGER A childless man till then, he warmed to thee.
MESSENGER I found thee in Cithaeron's wooded glens.
MESSENGER My business was to tend the mountain flocks.
MESSENGER Whence thou deriv'st the name that still is thine.
'I'll whisper it,' said the Messenger, putting his hands to his mouth in the shape of a trumpet, and stooping so as to get close to the King's ear.