ribonucleic acid

noun
ri·​bo·​nu·​cle·​ic acid | \ ˌrī-bō-nu̇-ˈklē-ik- How to pronounce ribonucleic acid (audio) , -nyu̇-, -ˌklā- \

Definition of ribonucleic acid

: rna

Examples of ribonucleic acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The virus’s genetic material consists of many different nucleotides strung together in a chain called ribonucleic acid (RNA). Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 This particularly applies in the case of mRNA vaccines where the only active ingredient is the messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA), which trains a person’s body to recognize and kill the virus. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 Viruses constantly mutate, especially if their genetic material contains ribonucleic acid (RNA), as is the case with coronaviruses and influenza viruses. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 2 Aug. 2021 The company hopes to achieve that by harnessing the potential of an unusual ribonucleic acid that has a circular shape, unlike the more common RNA molecule which has a strand with two ends. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Aug. 2021 The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines contain messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) code for the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Sarah Jacob, SELF, 12 Aug. 2021 The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines contain messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) code for the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Sarah Jacob, SELF, 12 Aug. 2021 The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines contain messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) code for the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Sarah Jacob, SELF, 12 Aug. 2021 By using messenger ribonucleic acid (or mRNA) as a platform for delivering vaccinations, biotech companies like Moderna have been able to rewrite COVID vaccines swiftly to address newly-emergent variant strains. CBS News, 17 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ribonucleic acid

1930, in the meaning defined above

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“Ribonucleic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ribonucleic%20acid. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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ribonucleic acid

noun
ri·​bo·​nu·​cle·​ic acid | \ ˌrī-bō-n(y)u̇-ˌklē-ik- How to pronounce ribonucleic acid (audio) , -ˌklā- How to pronounce ribonucleic acid (audio) \

Medical Definition of ribonucleic acid

: rna

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