Definition of nucleic acid in English:

nucleic acid

Line breaks: nu|cle¦ic acid
Pronunciation: /njuːˈkliːɪk
 
, -ˈkleɪɪk/

noun

Biochemistry
  • A complex organic substance present in living cells, especially DNA or RNA, whose molecules consist of many nucleotides linked in a long chain.
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    • The cell uses a related nucleic acid called RNA (ribonucleic acid) to construct a working copy of that strand.
    • There are two types of nucleic acids, DNA and RNA, both of which are suitable for the transfer of information.
    • The order of amino acids in proteins is recorded in the genetic code housed in the nucleic acids, DNA and RNA.

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