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Definition of the noun dna

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  1. (biochemistry) a long linear polymer found in the nucleus of a cell and formed from nucleotides and shaped like a double helix; associated with the transmission of genetic information
    • example: DNA is the king of molecules
    • domain: biochemistry
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • synonyms of DNA: deoxyribonucleic acid / desoxyribonucleic acid
    • more generic word: polymer = a naturally occurring or synthetic compound consisting of large molecules made up of a linked series of repeated simple monomers
    • more specific terms:
      • operon = a segment of DNA containing adjacent genes including structural genes and an operator gene and a regulatory gene
      • complementary DNA / cDNA = single-stranded DNA that is complementary to messenger RNA or DNA that has been synthesized from messenger RNA by reverse transcriptase
      • episome = DNA that is not incorporated into the genome but is replicated together with the genome
      • coding DNA / exon = sequence of a gene's DNA that transcribes into protein structures
      • noncoding DNA / intron = sequence of a eukaryotic gene's DNA that is not translated into a protein
      • junk DNA = stretches of DNA that do not code for genes
      • recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid / recombinant DNA = genetically engineered DNA made by recombining fragments of DNA from different organisms
      • sticky end = an end of DNA in which one strand of the double helix extends a few units beyond the other
      • jumping gene / transposon = a segment of DNA that can become integrated at many different sites along a chromosome
    • parts:
      • cistron / factor / gene = a segment of DNA that is involved in producing a polypeptide chain; it can include regions preceding and following the coding DNA as well as introns between the exons
      • base pair = one of the pairs of chemical bases joined by hydrogen bonds that connect the complementary strands of a DNA molecule or of an RNA molecule that has two strands
      • nucleic acid = any of various macromolecules composed of nucleotide chains that are vital constituents of all living cells
    • substances:
      • adenine / A = purine base found in DNA and RNA
      • cytosine / C = a base found in DNA and RNA and derived from pyrimidine
      • guanine / G = a purine base found in DNA and RNA
      • thymine / T = a base found in DNA (but not in RNA) and derived from pyrimidine

Other definitions of dna

What does dna also mean?


  1. [genetics] deoxyribonucleic acid, the genetic material of nearly all forms of life.
  2. Defense Nuclear Agency.
  3. Did Not Answer.
  4. Did Not Arrive (used when someone fails to keep an appointment).
  5. Did Not Attend.
  6. Do Not Assume.
  7. Drugs 'n' alcohol.


  1. Dna a.k.a. Kadena Air Base, is a United States Air Force base in the towns of Kadena and Chatan and the city of Okinawa, in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. Kadena Air Base is the hub of U.S. airpower in the Pacific, and is home to the USAF's 18th Wing and associated units. Over 20,000 American servicemembers, family members, and Japanese employees live or work aboard Kadena Air Base.
  2. DNA a.k.a. Dance New Amsterdam is a contemporary dance venue in Lower Manhattan that has presented choreographers such as Zoe Scofield, Ivy Baldwin, Victoria Libertore, Mana Kawamura, Makiko Tamura, Ximena Garnica, Jennifer Nugent, Adrienne Westwood, and Jack Ferver. Many choreographers that present at Performance Space 122 also present at DNA. The Theater at Dance New Amsterdam is a 130-seat performance space with state-of-the-art light and sound systems.


  1. DNA a.k.a. Douglas Adams: Douglas Noel Adams was an English writer, humorist, and dramatist.
  2. DNA a.k.a. Arto Lindsay: Arthur Morgan "Arto" Lindsay is an American guitarist, singer, record producer and experimental composer. He is a 1974 graduate of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.
  3. DNA a.k.a. Derrick Ashong: Derrick N. Ashong, also known as "DNA", is a musician, artist, activist, and entrepreneur.

There are other people with in their name, like Dr. Dna.


  1. DNA was a no wave band formed in 1978 by guitarist Arto Lindsay and keyboardist Robin Crutchfield. Rather than playing their instruments in a traditional manner, they instead focused on making unique and unusual sounds. Their music was described as spare, noisy, and angular and was compared to some of Captain Beefheart's output as well as the works of Anton Webern.
  2. DNA was the pseudonym taken by two British dance music producers Nick Batt and Neal Slateford, best known for issuing a remix of Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner" in 1990.
  3. DNA is a musical group.
    • albums: "Kick Me Up", "Break Out", "Get Wicked", "The Music", "Sounds Like a Melody", "Infinity", "Never Say Never"
  4. DNA is a musical group.
    • album: "Let Me Feel What You Need"

There are other groups with in their name, like Dna & Fla, Exzem & Dna, Roy's Iron Dna, Casiopea Sync Dna, Casiopea Sync Dna and casiopea + sync dna.


  1. "DNA" is the debut studio album by British girl group Little Mix. It was released on 19 November 2012 in the United Kingdom via Syco Music. The group began work recording the album in December 2011 and concluded in September 2012. Throughout the recording process, Little Mix worked with several producers, including TMS, Future Cut, Steve Mac, Jarrad Rogers, Richard "Biff" Stannard, Ash Howes, Jon Levine, Xenomania, Fred Ball and Pegasus. The album was co-written by Little Mix and they stated that they were involved in the development of the album as much as possible. Sonically, the album is primarily a mixture of pop and R&B records, with influences from dance-pop, pop rock and hip hop found on specific songs as well. The album's lyrical content explores empowerment, relationships and heartbreak. Songs on the album were also co-written by members of other girl groups, including Nicola Roberts of Girls Aloud, Shaznay Lewis of All Saints and T-Boz of TLC.
  2. "DNA" is a song recorded by British girl group Little Mix for their 2012 debut album of the same name. Released as the album's second single, the song was solicited to contemporary radio stations in the United Kingdom on 1 October 2012. Syco digitally released the single in Ireland and the United Kingdom on 9 November 2012. It was written by TMS, Iain James and Little Mix, while the production was handled by TMS. "DNA" is an electronic pop ballad, which incorporates R&B and techno pop musical styles. Lyrically, the song contains multiple references to scientific vocabulary and is based on themes of love and obsession.
  3. "DNA" is the seventh studio album by Brazilian recording artist Wanessa, released on July 28, 2011 by Sony Music Entertainment. Musically, the album was influenced by contemporary pop, and other genres, with elements like funk carioca and R&B. DNA was produced by only one producer, Mr. Jam, and the first information about DNA appeared in 2010 in an interview with radio Transamerica, revealing that the album would be entirely in English. The recording sessions started in São Paulo, Brazil and it was finished and mastered in New York, in the Sterling Sound Studios.
  4. "DNA" è un album dei Jumbo pubblicato nel 1972.
    • released in (43 years ago)
  5. "DNA" is a composition.
  6. "DNA" is a musical album of Matthew Shipp & William Parker.
    • released on (16 years ago)
  7. "DNA" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  8. "DNA" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  9. "DNA" is a 2012 single album by the group, Little Mix.
  10. "DNA" is a musical EP of Empire of the Sun.
    • released on
  11. "DNA" is a musical album of Farven Fornem.
    • released on
  12. "DNA" is a musical album of Jake Stephenson.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  13. "DNA" is a musical album of Peter Schilling.
    • released on
  14. "DNA" is a composition.
  15. "DNA" is a musical album of Per Vers.
    • released in
  16. "DNA" is a composition.


  1. "DNA" is a 1997 American science fiction action film starring Mark Dacascos and Jürgen Prochnow, and directed by William Mesa. Filming took place in the Philippines. The film was retitled ADN - La menace for its French DVD release, and Scarabée for its television showing. It is also known as Genetic Code in some areas of Europe.
  2. DNA a.k.a. Donovan: A retired pathologist is called back to work when his name is found written in blood on the wall at the scene of a murder.


  1. DNA is an Australian monthly magazine targeted at the gay male audience. The magazine features stories, celebrity profiles, pop culture reviews, fashion tips/reviews, grooming tips and photography. The magazine is available at most newsagencies in Australia, as well as larger book stores. Launched in Australia in 2000, the magazine is now available in many countries, including Canada, the United States, New Zealand, United Kingdom and several other countries in Europe.
  2. DNA is a TV program.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for DNA

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Google previewTowards New Ways of Terminology Description (2000)

The Sociocognitive-approach by Rita Temmerman

DNA IS A LANGUAGE. Genes are messages written in a language. This is a first sub-m-ICM based on the experience that information is often expressed in a language (see Section 5.5.1). - DNA IS AN ATLAS OF MAPS. The totality of the ...

Google previewTextbook of Medical Biochemistry (2014)

by Dinesh Puri

DNA is the storehouse of the genetic information which is translated into perceptible traits like the colour of skin, hair texture, height, etc. A. Basic Chemistry DNA is an antiparallel dimer of nucleic acid strands.

Google previewMedical Biochemistry E-Book (2014)

by John Baynes, Marek H. Dominiczak

DNA is the repository of genetic information.

DNA is an antiparallel dimer of nucleic acid...

Thus, DNA is a duplex linear polymer of deoxyribose 3′,5 ′-phosphate, with purine and pyrimidine bases attached to carbon-1′ of the ...

Google previewEssential Genetics (2002)

A Genomics Perspective by Daniel L. Hartl, Elizabeth W. Jones

DNA is a polymer—that is, a large molecule that contains repeating units—and is composed of 2'-deoxyribose (a five-carbon sugar), phosphoric acid, and the four nitrogen-containing bases denoted A, T, G, and C. The chemical structures of ...

Google previewCreasy and Resnik's Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Principles and Practice (2013)

by Robert K. Creasy, Robert Resnik, Jay D. Iams, Charles J. Lockwood, Michael F. Greene, Thomas R. Moore

Cellular DNA is a double-stranded helix. The two strands run...

Google previewCreasy and Resnik's Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Principles and Practice E-Book (2013)

Expert Consult Premium Edition - Enhanced Online Features by Robert K. Creasy, Robert Resnik, Jay D. Iams, Charles J. Lockwood, Thomas Moore, Michael F Greene

Cellular DNA is a double-stranded helix.

BIOCHEMISTRY OF GENE FUNCTION Information Transfer DNA is an information molecule.

Google previewNeuronal Man (1997)

The Biology of Mind by Jean-Pierre Changeux, Laurence Garey

DNA is the magnetic disk containing the program. Recently, in 1981, another molecular biologist...

Google previewOne Plus One Equals One (2014)

Symbiosis and the evolution of complex life by John Archibald

But DNA is a mysterious and often misunderstood substance because of the complex role it plays in an organism's...

Google previewAll about Mitosis and Meiosis (2007)

by Elizabeth R. C. Cregan

DNA is a long, stringy molecule. There are instructions along the string called alleles. The alleles tell the cell when to make different proteins. There are two alleles for every gene. The cell follows both sets of instructions at the same time.

Google previewSarup's Dictionary of Biotechnology (2000)

by Rita Singh

Gene amplification: A new gene amplification method has greatly facilitated DNA analysis and has found several applications. The method and its uses are here briefly described. The technique is called polvmerase chain reaction (PCR).

Google previewEncyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems (2014)

DNA encoding the desired genes Plant cell Shoot regeneration followed by root regeneration Figure 2 Plant transformation via Agrobacterium and particle gun- mediated DNA delivery. coding sequence Plasmid vector sequences sequence in ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Genetics (2014)

by Eric C.R. Reeve

Genetic recombination Telomeres Introns Chloroplasts and mitochondria Cell cycle genes Centromeres and kinetochores: from yeast to man DNA methylation in animals and plants Genomic imprinting Genetic control of immunological ...

Google previewThe UFO Magazine UFO Encyclopedia (2004)

The Most Compreshensive Single-Volume UFO Reference in Print by William J. Birnes

MK-ULTRA See Mind Control Mogul See Flight 9; Projects, Government UFO Molecular Computing (DNA Computer) A computer that operates on the basis of replicating DNA and enzymes, which stimulates the replication and fuels the ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Virology (2009)

by Brian W.J. Mahy

DNA microarray 130 or downregulated as a result of disease or infection. These analyses provide a great deal of information, but must be interpreted with caution. For example, some probes may cross-hybridize to the wrong mRNA, yielding ...

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Plasmid DNA minipreps in American Sign Language

Dan Burton, in the Molecular Genetics Laboratory at Gallaudet, shows us how to perform plasmid minipreps using a Qiagen kit.

Quotes about DNA

Carbon atoms on a distant planet rearranged themselves into DNA, microorganisms formed, grew backbones, swam around the ocean, mutated into amphibians and crawled onto dry land and finally a cab appeared at the mouth of the alley. (Mark Coggins)
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