nucleic acid

noun nu·cle·ic acid \ nu̇-ˈklē-ik- , -ˈklā- , nyu̇- \

Definition of nucleic acid

: any of various complex organic acids (such as DNA or RNA) that are composed of nucleotide chains

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Origin and Etymology of nucleic acid

from their occurrence in cell nuclei


deoxypentose nucleic acid

noun

Definition of deoxypentose nucleic acid

: any of various nucleic acids yielding a deoxypentose on hydrolysis; especially : deoxyribonucleic acid

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pentose nucleic acid

noun

Definition of pentose nucleic acid

: any of various nucleic acids yielding a pentose on hydrolysis; especially : rna

NUCLEIC ACID Defined for English Language Learners

nucleic acid

noun

Definition of nucleic acid for English Language Learners

  • : any of various acids (such as DNA or RNA) that are found in living cells


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nucleic acid

noun nu·cle·ic acid \ n(y)u̇-ˌklē-ik- , -ˌklā- \

medical Definition of nucleic acid

: any of various acids (as an RNA or a DNA) composed of nucleotide chains

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