Definition of nucleic acid noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


nucleic acid

BrE BrE//njuːˌkliːɪk ˈæsɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//nuːˌkliːɪk ˈæsɪd//
; BrE BrE//njuːˌkleɪɪk ˈæsɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//nuːˌkleɪɪk ˈæsɪd//
[uncountable] (chemistry)
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either of two acids, DNA and RNA, that are present in all living cells
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: nucleic acid