- a spiral ornament.
- (in a Corinthian capital) either of two scrolls issuing from a cauliculus.Compare Corinthian (def. 2).
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Perseverance carries on one of its wheels a symbol of Mars rover tracks twisted into the double helix shape of DNA.How Mars rovers have evolved in 25 years of exploring the Red Planet|Alexandra Witze|August 5, 2022|Science News
This forms a delicate structure that often resembles a helix or rumpled bedsheets.Protein-Designing AI Opens Door to Medicines Humans Couldn’t Dream Up|Shelly Fan|July 26, 2022|Singularity Hub
Once detected, Cas9 hones in on the site and efficiently cuts the double helix strands.New CRISPR Tool Protects Against Viruses Without Making Any DNA Cuts|Shelly Fan|June 6, 2022|Singularity Hub
It’s probably unfair, but from my point of view, the others aren’t as exciting as the discovery of the double helix.How we got from Gregor Mendel’s pea plants to modern genetics|Elizabeth Quill|February 7, 2022|Science News
After she helped identify the double helix shape of DNA, Franklin analyzed viruses.Who Said Science and Art Were Two Cultures? - Issue 108: Change|Kevin Berger|November 17, 2021|Nautilus
These drugs interfere with the double helix zip-unzip-zip-again process of RNA and DNA replication.Emory Will Wage High-Tech War on Ebola|Kent Sepkowitz|August 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This process, known as epigenetics, involves the addition of small chemical tags known as methyl groups to the DNA double helix.How Famines Make Future Generations Fat|Carrie Arnold|May 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Maazel writes about a soon-to-be Helix hostage, Anne-Janet, who was on “cancer furlough.”What a Real Cult Novel Looks Like|Drew Toal|April 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The largest is Helix pomatia (figured on pp. 11 and 12), which often goes by the name of “the edible snail.”Our British Snails|John William Horsley
In 1878 he removed to Umatilla county, Oregon, where he took up a homestead and a timber culture near Helix.Lyman's History of old Walla Walla County, Vol. 2 (of 2)|William Denison Lyman
He went carelessly too near the still revolving machinery, and his coat-flap was caught and wound into the helix of the pugmill.Somehow Good|William de Morgan
There are to be found in this bed of marl several species of helix and voluta.
If the latter is in the form of a helix its magnetic field resembles that of a straight bar magnet.Physics|Willis Eugene Tower
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In geometry, a three-dimensional spiral shape, resembling a spring.