nu·​cle·​o·​cap·​sid | \ ˌnü-klē-ō-ˈkap-səd How to pronounce nucleocapsid (audio) , ˌnyü- \

Definition of nucleocapsid

: the nucleic acid and surrounding protein coat in a virus

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Recent Examples on the Web Neither group of children had antibodies to a viral protein called the nucleocapsid, or N, that is entangled with the genetic material of the virus. Apoorva Mandavilli, New York Times, "Children Produce Weaker Coronavirus Antibodies, Study Finds," 5 Nov. 2020 At the center of each virus is its genetic fingerprint (the ribonucleic acid, pink), surrounded by a protective protein shell (the nucleocapsid, yellow). Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things for March 28: North Korea & China, Sacramento, water park death, new organ," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of nucleocapsid

1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Nucleocapsid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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nu·​cleo·​cap·​sid | \ ˌn(y)ü-klē-ō-ˈkap-səd How to pronounce nucleocapsid (audio) \

Medical Definition of nucleocapsid

: the nucleic acid and surrounding protein coat of a virus

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