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 Typically, researchers make RNA (ribonucleic acid) from DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Tesla Has Been Working On an RNA Bioreactor," 6 July 2020 This molecule is called DNA: deoxyribonucleic acid. Scientific American, "Colorful Double Helix," 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, "There are many COVID-19 tests in the US – how are they being regulated?," 2 Apr. 2020 That remaining substance was later renamed nucleic acid, and then deoxyribonucleic acid, commonly known as DNA. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Visit This German Castle Where DNA Was First Discovered," 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, "DNA, explained," 12 June 2019 The system uses botanical deoxyribonucleic acid—that is, plant DNA—to forensically mark replacement parts. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon Uses Plant DNA to Catch Counterfeit Parts," 21 Nov. 2016 The pattern of bands represents the chemical sequence that forms the genetic code for a section of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). Fortune, "DNA Detectives Are Searching for Killers in Your Family Tree," 14 June 2018

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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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The first known use of deoxyribonucleic acid was in 1938

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“Deoxyribonucleic acid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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 desoxyribonucleic acid (audio) \

Medical Definition of deoxyribonucleic acid

: dna

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