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nucleic + acid

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  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /njuːˈkliː.ɪk ˈæsɪd/, /njuːˈkleɪ.ɪk ˈæsɪd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /nuˈkleɪ.ɪk ˈæsɪd/
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NounEdit

nucleic acid (countable and uncountable, plural nucleic acids)

  1. (biochemistry, genetics) Any acidic, chainlike biological macromolecule consisting of multiply 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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