nucleic acid
  • (RP) IPA: /njuːˈkliː.ɪk ˈæsɪd/, /njuːˈkleɪ.ɪk ˈæsɪd/
  • (America) IPA: /nuˈkleɪ.ɪk ˈæsɪd/

nucleic acid

  1. (biochemistry, genetics) Any acidic, chainlike biological macromolecule consisting of multiple repeat units of phosphoric acid, sugar and purine and pyrimidine bases; they are involved in the preservation, replication and expression of hereditary information in every living cell

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