capsid

noun
cap·sid | \ ˈkap-səd \

Definition of capsid 

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

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Understanding the structure of the capsid could be the key to stopping a viral spread. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Herpes Is Kind of Beautiful, On the Molecular Level," 6 Apr. 2018 The finding, along with a huge amount of follow-up work, suggested that these capsid proteins could serve as the basis for a safe and effective vaccine against a virus that causes enormous suffering in the world. Fortune, "Include U Challenge Day 7: Lend Your Privilege," 8 Sep. 2017 With it, researchers were able to show the capsid’s composition from repeating copies of a single four-protein block. Brandon Keim, WIRED, "High-Resolution Imaging Unlocks Viral Secrets," 17 Feb. 2009

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First Known Use of capsid

1959, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for capsid

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

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The first known use of capsid was in 1959

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capsid

noun
cap·sid | \ ˈkap-səd \

Medical Definition of capsid 

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

Other words from capsid

capsidal \-səd-ᵊl \ adjective

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