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nucleic acid

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noun nu·cle·ic acid \nu̇-ˈklē-ik-, -ˈklā-, nyu̇-\

Simple Definition of nucleic acid

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

Full Definition of nucleic acid

  1. :  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


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nucleic acid

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

Medical Definition of nucleic acid

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




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