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Meaning of nucleic acid

nu•cle'ic ac'id

Pronunciation: (n-klē'ik, -klā'-, ny-), [key]
— Biochem. Biochem.
  1. any of a group of long, linear macromolecules, either DNA or various types of RNA, that carry genetic information directing all cellular functions: composed of linked nucleotides.
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