capsid

1
[kap-sid]

Origin of capsid

1
1960–65; < French capside, equivalent to Latin caps(a) case2 + -ide -id1
Also called protein coat.

capsid

2
[kap-sid]

Origin of capsid

2
< New Latin Capsidae, equivalent to Caps(us) a genus (said to have been formed on Greek kápsis a gulping down; káp(tein) to gulp down + -sis -sis) + -idae -id2
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British Dictionary definitions for capsid

capsid

1
noun
  1. any heteropterous bug of the family Miridae (formerly Capsidae), most of which feed on plant tissues, causing damage to crops

Word Origin for capsid

C19: from New Latin Capsus (genus)

capsid

2
noun
  1. the outer protein coat of a mature virus

Word Origin for capsid

C20: from French capside, from Latin capsa box
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Word Origin and History for capsid
adj.

1889 in biology, "pertaining to capsidae," a type of insect, from Latin capsa "box" (see case (n.2)).

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capsid in Medicine

capsid

[kăpsĭd]
n.
  1. The protein shell that surrounds a virus particle.
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capsid in Science

capsid

[kăpsĭd]
  1. The protein shell that surrounds a virus particle (known as a virion). See more at virus.
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