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Watson-Crick model

[ wot-suh n-krik ]
/ ˈwɒt sənˈkrɪk /

noun Biochemistry.

a widely accepted model for the three-dimensional structure of DNA, featuring a double-helix configuration for the molecule's two hydrogen-bonded complementary polynucleotide strands.


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Origin of Watson-Crick model

1955–60; named after J. D. Watson and F. H. C. Crick Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for watson-crick model

Watson-Crick model


A three-dimensional model of the DNA molecule, consisting of two polynucleotide strands wound in the form of a double helix and joined in a ladderlike fashion by hydrogen bonds between the purine and pyrimidine bases.
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