nucleoprotein

[ noo-klee-uh-proh-teen, -tee-in, nyoo- ]
/ ˌnu kli əˈproʊ tin, -ti ɪn, ˌnyu- /

noun Biochemistry.

any of the class of conjugated proteins occurring in cells and consisting of a protein combined with a nucleic acid, essential for cell division and reproduction.

Nearby words

  1. nucleonics,
  2. nucleopetal,
  3. nucleophile,
  4. nucleophilic,
  5. nucleoplasm,
  6. nucleorrhexis,
  7. nucleosidase,
  8. nucleoside,
  9. nucleoside analogue,
  10. nucleosome

Origin of nucleoprotein

First recorded in 1905–10; nucleo- + protein

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British Dictionary definitions for nucleoprotein

nucleoprotein

/ (ˌnjuːklɪəʊˈprəʊtiːn) /

noun

a compound within a cell nucleus that consists of a protein bound to a nucleic acid
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Medicine definitions for nucleoprotein

nucleoprotein

[ nōō′klē-ō-prōtēn′ ]

n.

Any of a group of substances found in the nuclei of all living cells and in viruses and composed of a protein and a nucleic acid.

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