[ noo-klee-uh-kap-sid, nyoo- ]
/ ˌnu kli əˈkæp sɪd, ˌnyu- /

noun Microbiology.

the nucleic acid core and surrounding capsid of a virus; the basic viral structure.

Origin of nucleocapsid

First recorded in 1960–65; nucleo- + capsid1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for nucleocapsid

[ nōō′klē-ō-kăpsĭd ]


The basic structure of a virus, consisting of a core of nucleic acid enclosed in a protein coat.
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