nucleotide

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noun nu·cle·o·tide \ˈnü-klē-ə-ˌtīd, ˈnyü-\

Definition of nucleotide

  1. :  any of several compounds that consist of a ribose or deoxyribose sugar joined to a purine or pyrimidine base and to a phosphate group and that are the basic structural units of nucleic acids (such as RNA and DNA) — compare nucleoside

Origin and Etymology of nucleotide

International Scientific Vocabulary, irregular from nucle- + -ide


First Known Use: 1908


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nucleotide

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noun nu·cle·o·tide \ˈn(y)ü-klē-ə-ˌtīd\

Medical Definition of nucleotide

  1. :  any of several compounds that consist of a ribose or deoxyribose sugar joined to a purine or pyrimidine base and to a phosphate group and that are the basic structural units of RNA and DNA—compare nucleoside


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