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capsid

1

[ kap-sid ]

noun

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


capsid

2

[ kap-sid ]

noun

capsid

1

/ ˈkæpsɪd /

noun

  1. the outer protein coat of a mature virus


capsid

2

/ ˈkæpsɪd /

noun

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

capsid

/ kăpsĭd /

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of capsid1

1960–65; < French capside, equivalent to Latin caps ( a ) case 2 + -ide -id 1

Origin of capsid2

< 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 -id 2

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Word History and Origins

Origin of capsid1

C20: from French capside, from Latin capsa box

Origin of capsid2

C19: from New Latin Capsus (genus)

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Example Sentences

Of these, there are several species of Lygid, Coreid, and Capsid.

Orthotylus flavosparsus is another Capsid which has been implicated.

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