deoxyribonucleic acid

de·​oxy·​ri·​bo·​nu·​cle·​ic acid | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈäk-si-ˌrī-bō-n(y)u̇-ˌklē-ik- How to pronounce deoxyribonucleic acid (audio) , -ˌklā- \

Definition of deoxyribonucleic acid

: dna

Examples of deoxyribonucleic acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s one of three kinds of ribonucleic acid (RNA) that all work together to translate pure genetic deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) information into proteins in your body. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 30 Nov. 2020 But in new research, scientists suggest RNA’s origins and role in the formation of life could have been very different than previously believed—and sharing the spotlight with deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 29 Dec. 2020 Typically, researchers make RNA (ribonucleic acid) from DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 6 July 2020 This molecule is called DNA: deoxyribonucleic acid. Scientific American, 9 Aug. 2018 Most of the available tests are based on collecting the virus’s RNA (ribonucleic acid) and converting it to DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). David Pride, The Conversation, 2 Apr. 2020 That remaining substance was later renamed nucleic acid, and then deoxyribonucleic acid, commonly known as DNA. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, 11 Dec. 2019 Chemistry with a twist DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is a molecule found inside every cell in almost every living thing. Ryan Rossotto, National Geographic, 12 June 2019 The system uses botanical deoxyribonucleic acid—that is, plant DNA—to forensically mark replacement parts. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 21 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of deoxyribonucleic acid

1938, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deoxyribonucleic acid

deoxyribose + nucleic acid

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English Language Learners Definition of deoxyribonucleic acid

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deoxyribonucleic acid

de·​oxy·​ri·​bo·​nu·​cle·​ic acid | \ (ˈ)dē-ˈäk-si-ˌrī-bō-n(y)u̇-ˌklē-ik-, -ˌklā- How to pronounce deoxyribonucleic acid (audio) \
variants: also desoxyribonucleic acid \ (ˈ)des-​ How to pronounce deoxyribonucleic acid (audio) \

Medical Definition of deoxyribonucleic acid

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