nucleocapsid

nucleocapsid

[noo-klee-uh-kap-sid, nyoo-]
noun Microbiology.
the nucleic acid core and surrounding capsid of a virus; the basic viral structure.

Origin:
1960–65; nucleo- + capsid

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nucleocapsid nu·cle·o·cap·sid (nōō'klē-ō-kāp'sĭd, nyōō'-)
n.
The basic structure of a virus, consisting of a core of nucleic acid enclosed in a protein coat.

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