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 (kăp′sə-mîr′) or cap·so·mer (-mər)
One of the individual subunits that make up a viral capsid.

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(ˈkæpsəˌmɪə) or


(Zoology) any of the protein units that together form the capsid of a virus
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(ˈkæp səˌmɪər)

any of the protein subunits of a capsid.
[1960–65; < French capsomère; see capsid, -o-, -mere]
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