Definition of Base pair

1. Noun. 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; the base pairs are adenine with thymine and guanine with cytosine in DNA and adenine with uracil and guanine with cytosine in RNA.

Group relationships: Deoxyribonucleic Acid, Desoxyribonucleic Acid, Dna
Generic synonyms: Base, Nucleotide

Definition of Base pair

1. Noun. (biology) In molecular biology, two nucleotides on opposite complementary DNA or RNA strands that are connected via hydrogen bonds. ¹

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Medical Definition of Base pair

1. Two nitrogenous bases (adenine and thymine or guanine and cytosine) held together by weak bonds. Two strands of DNA are held together in the shape of a double helix by the bonds between base pairs. (09 Oct 1997)

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Literary usage of Base pair

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1. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1879)
"Effect of added acid-base pair (HB-B) on the rate of the reaction. Apart from this added system, conditions are the same as those represented by the lower ..."

2. Biotechnology of Algae: A Bibliography by Virginia Stone (1994)
"... have studied the transcription pattern of a 5700 base-pair transposon (TOC1) in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Northern blotting and nuclease SI protection ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"The relationships discussed here suggest several promising lines of investigation. First, the diversity of base-pair ratios in the blue-green algae (58) ..."

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