The nucleic acid and its surrounding protein coat or capsid; the basic unit of virion structure.

Microbiology. . 2009.

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  • nucleocapsid — [no͞o΄klē ō kap′sid, nyo͞o΄klē ō kap′sid] n. a structural unit of viruses consisting of nucleic acid enclosed by a protein coat, or capsid: see VIRION …   English World dictionary

  • Nucleocapsid — A Nucleocapsid is the genome (DNA or RNA) of a virus and the protein coat surrounding it (the capsid). There may be proteins complexed with the genome (nucleoproteins) that are also considered part of the nucleocapsid. In simple viruses, the… …   Wikipedia

  • nucleocapsid — See virion. * * * nu·cleo·cap·sid .n(y)ü klē ō kap səd n the nucleic acid and surrounding protein coat of a virus * * * nu·cleo·cap·sid (noo″kle o kapґsid) a unit of viral structure, consisting of a capsid (protein coat) with the enclosed… …   Medical dictionary

  • nucleocapsid — noun Date: 1963 the nucleic acid and surrounding protein coat in a virus …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Nucleocapsid — Schema eines ikosaedrischen Kapsids. Die Kugeln entsprechen den einzelnen Kapsomeren Als Kapsid oder Capsid (von lat. capsula: kleine Kapsel) bezeichnet man eine komplexe, regelmäßige Proteinstruktur bei Viren, die der Verpackung des Virusgenoms… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • nucleocapsid — The coat (capsid) of a virus plus the enclosed nucleic acid genome …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • nucleocapsid — /nooh klee euh kap sid, nyooh /, n. Microbiol. the nucleic acid core and surrounding capsid of a virus; the basic viral structure. [1960 65; NUCLEO + CAPSID] * * * …   Universalium

  • nucleocapsid — noun The core structure of a virus, consisting of nucleic acid surrounded by a coat of protein …   Wiktionary

  • nucleocapsid — nu·cleo·capsid …   English syllables

  • nucleocapsid — nu•cle•o•cap•sid [[t]ˌnu kli əˈkæp sɪd, ˌnyu [/t]] n. mcr the nucleic acid core and surrounding capsid of a virus; the basic viral structure • Etymology: 1960–65 …   From formal English to slang

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