double helix


double helix

noun

: the shape formed by two parallel lines that twist around each other

Full Definition of DOUBLE HELIX

:  a helix or spiral consisting of two strands in the surface of a cylinder that coil around its axis; especially :  the structural arrangement of DNA in space that consists of paired polynucleotide strands stabilized by cross-links between purine and pyrimidine bases — compare alpha-helix, watson-crick model
dou·ble–he·li·cal \-ˈhe-li-kəl, -ˈhē-\ adjective

First Known Use of DOUBLE HELIX

1954

double helix

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DOUBLE HELIX

: a helix or spiral consisting of two strands in the surface of a cylinder that coil around its axis; especially : the structural arrangement of DNA in space that consists of paired polynucleotide strands stabilized by cross-links between purine and pyrimidine bases—compare alpha-helix, watson-crick model/art/med/dna.htm
dou·ble–he·li·cal \-ˈhel-i-kəl, -ˈhē-li-\ adjective

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