supercoil

noun
su·​per·​coil | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌkȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce supercoil (audio) \

Definition of supercoil

: a double helix (as of DNA) that has undergone additional twisting in the same direction as or in the opposite direction from the turns in the original helix

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supercoil verb

Examples of supercoil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2008, Levens, the National Cancer Institute biologist, led a team that detected supercoils in human cells, reigniting interest in DNA’s higher-order structure. Quanta Magazine, "How Strange Twists in DNA Orchestrate Life," 5 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of supercoil

1939, in the meaning defined above

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“Supercoil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supercoil. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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supercoil

noun
su·​per·​coil | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌkȯi(ə)l How to pronounce supercoil (audio) \

Medical Definition of supercoil

: a double helix (as of DNA) that has undergone additional twisting in the same direction as or in the opposite direction from the turns in the original helix

called also superhelix

Other Words from supercoil

supercoil verb

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