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Pronunciation: nu'kle-o-tid

Definition: Originally a combination of a (nucleic acid) purine or pyrimidine, one sugar (usually ribose or deoxyribose), and a phosphoric group; by extension, any compound containing a heterocyclic compound bound to a phosphorylated sugar by an N-glycosyl link (adenosine monophosphate, NAD+). For individual nucleotides see specific names.

Synonym(s): mononucleotide

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