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the shell of protein that protects the nucleic acid of a virus; it is composed of structural units, or capsomers. According to the number of subunits possessed by capsomers, they are called dimers (2), trimers (3), pentamers (5), or hexamers (6).
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
Protein coat of a virus. See: virion.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
The protein coat that constitutes the shell of a virus particle.
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capsidA protein coat that covers the nucleoprotein core or nucleic acid (RNA, DNA) of a free virus particle or phage, which may have icosahedral symmetry and itself be enclosed in an envelope—e.g., Togaviridae. It is composed of an integer multiple of 60 subunits, which self-assemble in a pattern typical for a particular virus.
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The complete virus particle that is structurally intact and infectious.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
capsidThe protein coat that encloses the genome of a virus.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
capsidthe protein coat of a virus.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
The outer protein coat of a virus.
Mentioned in: Noroviruses
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