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Definition of Truncate

Truncate: To shorten, to cut short. A malformation (birth defect) may truncate a limb. A mutation may create a stop codon that truncates a protein. From the Latin truncare maening to cut short or mutilate from truncus, trunk.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=39561
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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