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Definition of "nucleotide" [nucleotide]

  • Any of various compounds consisting of a nucleoside combined with a phosphate group and forming the basic constituent of DNA and RNA. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "nucleotide" in a sentence
  • "Pharmasset's lead hepatitis C drug, PSI-7977, is known as a nucleotide polymerase inhibitor and is designed to combat hepatitis C infection inside liver cells."
  • "Orchestrated gene regulation and expression networks across whole genomes facilitated by the jumping insertions * is* fairly new, and it offers a whole different level of evolution beyond fortuitous point mutations in nucleotide bases selected by the parameters of life and the luck of the Irish."
  • "Knowing the end configuration of the proteins one would need to estimate the starting protein nucleotide configurations and assume the chance of a mutation was equally distributed throughout the proteins."