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The protein coat that constitutes the shell of a virus particle.
[From Latin capsa, box.]
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(Animals) any heteropterous bug of the family Miridae (formerly Capsidae), most of which feed on plant tissues, causing damage to crops
[C19: from New Latin Capsus (genus)]
(Biochemistry) the outer protein coat of a mature virus
[C20: from French capside, from Latin capsa box]
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the coiled or polyhedral structure, composed of proteins, that encloses the nucleic acid of a virus. Also called protein coat.
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|Noun||1.||capsid - a variety of leaf bug |
four-lined leaf bug, four-lined plant bug, Poecilocapsus lineatus - yellow or orange leaf bug with four black stripes down the back; widespread in central and eastern North America
lygus bug - vector of viral plant diseases
|2.||capsid - the outer covering of protein surrounding the nucleic acid of a virus|
virion - (virology) a complete viral particle; nucleic acid and capsid (and a lipid envelope in some viruses)
protein - any of a large group of nitrogenous organic compounds that are essential constituents of living cells; consist of polymers of amino acids; essential in the diet of animals for growth and for repair of tissues; can be obtained from meat and eggs and milk and legumes; "a diet high in protein"
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