base-pair

verb

Definition of base-pair

intransitive verb
: to participate in formation of a base pair
  • adenine base-pairs with thymine

First Known Use of base-pair

1973


base pair

noun

Definition of base pair

: one of the pairs of nucleotide bases on complementary strands of nucleic acid that consist of a purine on one strand joined to a pyrimidine on the other strand by hydrogen bonds holding together the two strands much like the rungs of a ladder and that include adenine linked to thymine in DNA or to uracil in RNA and guanine linked to cytosine in both DNA and RNA

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First Known Use of base pair

1955


Medical Dictionary

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base pair

noun \ -ˈpa(ə)r, -ˈpe(ə)r \

medical Definition of base pair

: one of the pairs of nucleotide bases on complementary strands of nucleic acid that consist of a purine on one strand joined to a pyrimidine on the other strand by hydrogen bonds holding together the two strands much like the rungs of a ladder and that include adenine linked to thymine in DNA or to uracil in RNA and guanine linked to cytosine in both DNA and RNA

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base pair

intransitive verb

medical Definition of base pair

: to participate in formation of a base pair
  • adenine base pairs with thymine

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