nucleotide

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nu·cle·o·tide

noun \ˈnü-klē-ə-ˌtīd, ˈnyü-\

Definition of NUCLEOTIDE

:  any of several compounds that consist of a ribose or deoxyribose sugar joined to a purine or pyrimidine base and to a phosphate group and that are the basic structural units of nucleic acids (as RNA and DNA) — compare nucleoside

Origin of NUCLEOTIDE

International Scientific Vocabulary, irregular from nucle- + -ide
First Known Use: 1908

nu·cle·o·tide

noun \ˈn(y)ü-klē-ə-ˌtīd\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of NUCLEOTIDE

: any of several compounds that consist of a ribose or deoxyribose sugar joined to a purine or pyrimidine base and to a phosphate group and that are the basic structural units of RNA and DNA—compare nucleoside

nucleotide

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of a class of organic compounds, including the structural units of nucleic acids. Each consists of a nucleoside and one or more phosphate groups. In nucleic acids, the phosphate of one nucleotide joins to the sugar of the next to form the backbone. Important nucleotides that are not part of nucleic acids include ATP, cyclic AMP (needed in glycogen breakdown), and certain coenzymes.

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