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nucleic acid

noun nu·cle·ic acid \n-ˈklē-ik-, -ˈklā-, ny-\

: any of various acids (such as DNA or RNA) that are found in living cells

Full Definition of NUCLEIC ACID

:  any of various complex organic acids (as DNA or RNA) that are composed of nucleotide chains

Origin of NUCLEIC ACID

from their occurrence in cell nuclei
First Known Use: 1892
Medical Dictionary

nucleic acid

noun nu·cle·ic acid \n(y)-ˌklē-ik-, -ˌklā-\

Medical Definition of NUCLEIC ACID

:  any of various acids (as an RNA or a DNA) composed of nucleotide chains

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