histone


his·tone

noun \ˈhis-ˌtōn\

Definition of HISTONE

:  any of various simple water-soluble proteins that are rich in the basic amino acids lysine and arginine and are complexed with DNA in the nucleosomes of eukaryotic chromatin

Origin of HISTONE

German Histon
First Known Use: 1885

his·tone

noun \ˈhis-ˌtōn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HISTONE

: any of various simple water-soluble proteins that are rich in the basic amino acids lysine and arginine and are complexed with DNA in the nucleosomes of eukaryotic chromatin

histone

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of a class of rather simple proteins occurring in cell nuclei and in combination with DNA to form nucleoproteins. They can be obtained from both plants and animals. Unlike most proteins, they dissolve readily in water. They were discovered c. 1884.

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