An intron is a portion of a gene that does not code for amino acids. In the cells of plants and animals, most gene sequences are broken up by one or more introns. The parts of the gene sequence that are expressed in the protein are called exons, because they are expressed, while the parts of the gene sequence that are not expressed in the protein are called introns, because they come in between the exons.
Introns are very large chunks of RNA within a messenger RNA molecule that interfere with the code of the exons. And these introns get removed from the RNA molecule to leave a string of exons attached to each other so that the appropriate amino acids can be encoded for.- Elliott Margulies, Ph.D.