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ribonucleic acid


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See RNA.

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  • n. A derivative of DNA having ribose in place of deoxyribose, and uracil in place of thymine; its primary function is in the transcription of genetic material and subsequent synthesis of protein.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (biochemistry) a long linear polymer of nucleotides found in the nucleus but mainly in the cytoplasm of a cell where it is associated with microsomes; it transmits genetic information from DNA to the cytoplasm and controls certain chemical processes in the cell


ribo(se) + nucleic acid.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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