Capsid definition

kăpsĭd
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The protein coat that constitutes the shell of a virus particle.
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The outer coat of a virus, usually composed of layers of various proteins.
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The protein coat that constitutes the shell of a virus particle.
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The protein shell that surrounds a virus particle (known as a virion ).
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The outer protein shell of a virus.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
capsid
Plural:
capsids

Origin of capsid

  • From Latin capsa box

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French capside.

    From Wiktionary