Definition of oligonucleotide in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌäləɡōˈn(y)o͞oklēətīd/


A polynucleotide whose molecules contain a relatively small number of nucleotides.
Example sentences
  • Probes are typically fairly short sequences of DNA nucleotides, called oligonucleotides, made synthetically.
  • We have been examining the potential use of oligonucleotides to direct nucleotide exchanges in episomal and chromosomal genes.
  • These studies demonstrate that pre-existing cytosine methylation on oligonucleotides…

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Syllabification: ol·i·go·nu·cle·o·tide

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