poly I:C

noun
\ ˌpä-lē-ˈī-ˈsē How to pronounce poly I:C (audio) \
variants: or less commonly poly I·poly C \ ˌpä-​lē-​ˈī-​ˌpä-​lē-​ˈsē How to pronounce poly I·poly C (audio) \

Definition of poly I:C

: a synthetic 2-stranded RNA that induces interferon formation and is composed of one strand consisting entirely of cytosine-containing nucleotides and one strand consisting entirely of inosine-containing nucleotides

First Known Use of poly I:C

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poly I:C

poly- + inosinic acid + cytidylic acid

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“Poly I:C.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poly%20I%3AC. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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poly I:C

noun
\ ˌpäl-ē-ˈī-ˈsē How to pronounce poly I:C (audio) \

Medical Definition of poly I:C

: a synthetic 2-stranded RNA composed of one strand of polyinosinic acid and one strand of polycytidylic acid that induces interferon formation and has been used experimentally as an anticancer and antiviral agent

called also poly I·poly C

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