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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of nucleic acid

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

Origin and Etymology 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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