Watson-Crick model

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Definition of Watson-Crick model

: a model of DNA structure in which the molecule is a cross-linked double-stranded helix, each strand is composed of alternating links of phosphate and deoxyribose, and the strands are cross-linked by pairs of purine and pyrimidine bases projecting inward from the deoxyribose sugars and joined by hydrogen bonds with adenine paired with thymine and with cytosine paired with guanine — compare double helix

First Known Use of Watson-Crick model

1958, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Watson-Crick model

J. D. Watson & F. H. C. Crick

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“Watson-Crick model.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Watson-Crick%20model. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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Watson-Crick model

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Medical Definition of Watson-Crick model

: a model of DNA structure in which the molecule is a cross-linked double-stranded helix, each strand is composed of alternating links of phosphate and deoxyribose, and the strands are cross-linked by pairs of purine and pyrimidine bases projecting inward from the deoxyribose sugars and joined by hydrogen bonds with adenine paired with thymine and with cytosine paired with guanine — compare double helix

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