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 Ahead of his arrival in Hong Kong, thousands of guests — including top officials, lawmakers and diplomats — checked in to quarantine hotels earlier this week and have been taking daily nucleic acid tests as part of coronavirus precautions. Fox News, 30 June 2022 Airlines, railways, global passenger and cargo transportation are all operating normally during the new round of nucleic acid testing, Wu Jinglei, director of the Shanghai Heath Commission, said at a press conference on Monday., 27 Mar. 2022 Alabama is currently averaging around 40,000 nucleic acid amplification tests per day, according to ADPH. Ramsey Archibald |, al, 15 July 2022 But they are still required to operate below 50% capacity, hold 20-minute disinfection breaks between screenings and require all customers to provide a negative nucleic acid test from the previous 72 hours. Patrick Frater, Variety, 12 July 2022 While updating nucleic acid vaccines is important, some research suggests that viral vector or whole virus vaccines could be more effective against new variants – without the need for updating. Krishna Mallela, The Conversation, 4 May 2022 There are also silent mutations that change the nucleic acid sequence without changing the protein-coding capacity. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 6 May 2022 At this point, the reader preheats the cartridge to the temperature required for the nucleic acid amplification. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 14 Feb. 2022 The plan, which will see every city resident take a nucleic acid test starting Monday morning, comes as Shanghai reported a city record of more than 9,000 cases on Sunday. Simone Mccarthy And Yong Xiong, CNN, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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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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