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a thread or fiber or a structure resembling one.
antisense strand the strand of a double-stranded nucleic acid that is complementary to the sense strand; in DNA it is the template strand on which the mRNA is synthesized.
sense strand the strand of a double-stranded nucleic acid that encodes the product; in DNA it is the strand that encodes the RNA, having thus the same base sequence except changing T for U in the RNA. See also antisense strand.
In microbiology, a filamentous or threadlike structure.
A single thread or fiber, e.g., of nucleic acids in a chromosome.
a term commonly used to describe one of the two complementary polynucleotide chains found in double-stranded DNA.
in DNA replication, the strand in which the nascent strand is synthesized in discontinuous segments after the other or leading strand. See also okazaki fragments.
in DNA replication, the strand that is copied continuously.