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nucleoid

[ noo-klee-oid, nyoo- ]
/ ˈnu kliˌɔɪd, ˈnyu- /
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noun
the central region in a prokaryotic cell, as a bacterium, that contains the chromosomes and that has no surrounding membrane.
adjective
resembling a nucleus.
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Origin of nucleoid

First recorded in 1850–55; nucle(us) + -oid
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