What is meant by a misfolded protein for prions

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Please find below the answer:

A prion is a microscopic, infectious protein particle similar to a virus that lacks DNA or RNA. It is an external agent which when enters our body causes many disease. 

A prion is also referred to as a misfolded protein (folding which is different or not normal) which has the tendency to pass this misfolded shape to normal variants of the same protein.

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