histone

noun
his·tone | \ˈhi-ˌstōn \

Definition of histone 

: any of various simple water-soluble proteins that are rich in the basic amino acids lysine and arginine and are complexed with DNA in the nucleosomes of eukaryotic chromatin

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In the nucleus, DNA is bound to proteins called histones to make a complex called chromatin, which in turn forms chromosomes. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Salk Institute, UCSD scientists decode DNA's 3D shape," 27 July 2017

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First Known Use of histone

1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for histone

German Histon

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histone

noun
his·tone | \ˈhis-ˌtōn \

Medical Definition of histone 

: any of various simple water-soluble proteins that are rich in the basic amino acids lysine and arginine and are complexed with DNA in the nucleosomes of eukaryotic chromatin

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