nucleoprotein

noun
nu·​cle·​o·​pro·​tein | \ ˌnü-klē-ō-ˈprō-ˌtēn How to pronounce nucleoprotein (audio) , ˌnyü-, -ˈprō-tē-ən \

Definition of nucleoprotein

: a compound that consists of a protein (such as a histone) conjugated with a nucleic acid (such as a DNA) and that is the principal constituent of the hereditary material in chromosomes

Examples of nucleoprotein in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bloom and others have identified specific mutations that make the nucleoprotein better at resisting the human immune system. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 24 May 2021 The test detects the E (envelope) and N (nucleoprotein) genes on SARS-CoV-2. Jim Daley, Scientific American, 23 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of nucleoprotein

1906, in the meaning defined above

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“Nucleoprotein.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nucleoprotein. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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nucleoprotein

noun
nu·​cleo·​pro·​tein | \ ˌn(y)ü-klē-ō-ˈprō-ˌtēn, -ˈprōt-ē-ən How to pronounce nucleoprotein (audio) \

Medical Definition of nucleoprotein

: a compound that consists of a protein (as a histone) conjugated with a nucleic acid (as a DNA) and that is the principal constituent of the hereditary material in chromosomes

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