nucleic-acid probe

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nucleic-acid probe n.
A nucleic-acid fragment that is complementary to another nucleic-acid sequence and thus, when labeled in some manner, as with a radioisotope, can be used to identify complementary segments present in the nucleic acid sequences of various microorganisms.

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