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super- +‎ coil


supercoil (plural supercoils)

  1. (genetics) A coil of the DNA helix upon itself, such as a figure eight.

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supercoil (third-person singular simple present supercoils, present participle supercoiling, simple past and past participle supercoiled)

  1. (genetics) To twist circular DNA into a supercoil
    • 1995, Sara J. Felts, “Assembly and Transcription of Chromatin Templates Using RNA Polymerase III”, in Martin J. Tymms, editor, In Vitro Transcription and Translation Protocols[1], ISBN 0896032884, page 58:
      After deproteination, the migration of the assembled form II DNA will remain unchanged, appearing not to have been supercoiled by nucleosomes.