nucleic acid

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nucleic (of the nucleus) + acid

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nucleic acid (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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