capsid

1
[ kap-sid ]
/ ˈkæp sɪd /

noun Microbiology.

the coiled or polyhedral structure, composed of proteins, that encloses the nucleic acid of a virus.

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Origin of capsid

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

Definition for capsid (2 of 2)

capsid2
[ kap-sid ]
/ ˈkæp sɪd /

noun

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 (1 of 2)

capsid1
/ (ˈkæpsɪd) /

noun

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)

British Dictionary definitions for capsid (2 of 2)

capsid2
/ (ˈkæpsɪd) /

noun

the outer protein coat of a mature virus

Word Origin for capsid

C20: from French capside, from Latin capsa box
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Medical definitions for capsid

capsid
[ kăpsĭd ]

n.

The protein shell that surrounds a virus particle.
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Scientific definitions for capsid

capsid
[ kăpsĭd ]

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