capsid

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noun cap·sid \ˈkap-səd\

Definition of capsid

  1. :  the protein shell of a virus particle surrounding its nucleic acid

Origin and Etymology of capsid

French capside, from Latin capsa case + French -ide 2-id


First Known Use: 1959


Medical Dictionary

capsid

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noun cap·sid \ˈkap-səd\

Medical Definition of capsid

  1. :  the protein shell of a virus particle that surrounds its nucleic acid

capsidal

\-səd-əl\play adjective

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