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NUCLEIC ACID

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does nucleic acid mean? 

NUCLEIC ACID (noun)
  The noun NUCLEIC ACID has 1 sense:

1. (biochemistry) any of various macromolecules composed of nucleotide chains that are vital constituents of all living cells

  Familiarity information: NUCLEIC ACID used as a noun is very rare.


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NUCLEIC ACID (noun)


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Meaning:

(biochemistry) any of various macromolecules composed of nucleotide chains that are vital constituents of all living cells

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("nucleic acid" is a kind of...):

macromolecule; supermolecule (any very large complex molecule; found only in plants and animals)

Domain category:

biochemistry (the organic chemistry of compounds and processes occuring in organisms; the effort to understand biology within the context of chemistry)

Holonyms ("nucleic acid" is a part of...):

deoxyribonucleic acid; desoxyribonucleic acid; DNA ((biochemistry) a long linear polymer found in the nucleus of a cell and formed from nucleotides and shaped like a double helix; associated with the transmission of genetic information)

ribonucleic acid; RNA ((biochemistry) a long linear polymer of nucleotides found in the nucleus but mainly in the cytoplasm of a cell where it is associated with microsomes; it transmits genetic information from DNA to the cytoplasm and controls certain chemical processes in the cell)


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