supercoil(redirected from supercoils)
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A structure of a helix, especially a DNA molecule, in which the axis of the helix itself is coiled, causing the helix to loop over itself.
intr.v. su·per·coiled, su·per·coil·ing, su·per·coils
To form a supercoil.
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a coil consisting of coils, a complex coil; particularly, a superhelical structure of DNA
to make into or become a complex coil
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a twist formed by intertwining strands of DNA or by protein chains.
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