nucleic acid

nu·​cle·​ic acid | \ nu̇-ˈklē-ik- How to pronounce nucleic acid (audio) , -ˈklā-, nyu̇- How to pronounce nucleic acid (audio) \

Definition of nucleic acid

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

Examples of nucleic acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Schools are closed and residents can’t leave the city without a recent negative nucleic acid test. Trefor Moss, WSJ, "As Coronavirus Resurges in Beijing, Much of China Has Bounced Back," 18 June 2020 Beijing also rolled out mass nucleic acid testing for the coronavirus, setting up 193 sampling booths across the city. Nectar Gan, CNN, "China's new coronavirus outbreak sees Beijing adopt 'wartime' measures as capital races to contain spread," 15 June 2020 Beijing authorities said at least 10,000 people at Xinfadi will take a nucleic acid test, CGTN reported., "Beijing Locks Down Part of City After Virus Outbreak at Market," 14 June 2020 Messenger RNA is genetic material made of nucleic acid—the same stuff as our DNA—that travels throughout our cells, giving final instructions on which proteins to build to form the body’s cellular architecture. National Geographic, "The promise of mRNA vaccines is changing how we think about COVID-19 immunization.," 29 May 2020 Gilbert was the co-winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on nucleic acids. Daniel C. Schlenoff, Scientific American, "50, 100 & 150 Years Ago: June 2020," 19 May 2020 The city’s epidemic prevention and control headquarters issued an emergency notice Monday ordering all district management units to submit plans by Tuesday for completing nucleic acid testing of all residents in their jurisdiction within 10 days., "After 6 new cases, Wuhan plans to test all 11 million residents," 12 May 2020 Most of those nine million samples have already been processed, according to a daily record of nucleic acid tests by Wuhan health authorities. Wenxin Fan, WSJ, "Wuhan Tests Nine Million People for Coronavirus in 10 Days," 25 May 2020 Wuhan authorities plan to use nucleic acid tests, which are more effective and complicated to perform than tests that look for a body's immune response. TheWeek, "China plans to test the entire city of Wuhan in just 10 days after new COVID-19 cases," 12 May 2020

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First Known Use of nucleic acid

1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nucleic acid

from their occurrence in cell nuclei

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The first known use of nucleic acid was in 1892

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29 Jun 2020

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“Nucleic acid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nucleic acid

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

nucleic acid

nu·​cle·​ic acid | \ n(y)u̇-ˌklē-ik- How to pronounce nucleic acid (audio) , -ˌklā- How to pronounce nucleic acid (audio) \

Medical Definition of nucleic acid

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

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