Meaning of “DNA” in the English Dictionary

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"DNA" in British English

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DNAnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌdiː.enˈeɪ/ us /ˌdiː.enˈeɪ/ specialized

Examples from literature

  • Because of our DNA, we might have more or fewer physical problems than other people. 
  • DNA is something in our bodies. 
  • Finally, with DNA testing, they found out the animals are a new species. 
  • In 1952 in King’s College, London, Rosalind Franklin took pictures of DNA. 
  • Others do it because they think that in the future DNA will make it possible to clone their pets. 
  • People use this DNA to find out things about the mummies. 
  • Scientists believe that DNA is partly responsible for their personalities. 
  • We learned about DNA in science class. 

(Definition of “DNA” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"DNA" in American English

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DNAnoun [ U ]

us /ˈdiˌenˈeɪ/

biology abbreviation for deoxyribonucleic acid (= the chemical at the center of the cells of living things that controls the structure and purpose of each cell and carries genetic information during reproduction)

(Definition of “DNA” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)