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DNA definition

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This page has 24 definitions of DNA with English translations in 10 languages. DNA is a noun, proper noun, phrase and verb. Examples of how to use DNA in a sentence are shown. Also define these 21 related words and terms: genetic, biochemistry, biopolymer, deoxyribonucleic acid, nucleic acid, bases, adenine, guanine, cytosine, thymine, business, military, desoxyribonucleïnezuur, de, nationale, assemblee, ADN, genetics, デオキシリボ核酸, kwas dezoksyrybonukleinowy, and deoksiribonükleik asit.

See also: dna

English DNA definition

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˌdiː ˌɛn ˈeɪ/, [ˌdiɛnˈeɪ]

Noun

DNA (countable and uncountable, plural DNAs)

  1. (informal) The part of a living being that carries genetic information.
  2. (biochemistry) A biopolymer of deoxyribonucleic acid (a type of nucleic acid) that has four different chemical groups, called bases: adenine, guanine, cytosine, and thymine.
    • Biopolymer definition
      Any macromolecule of a living organism that is formed from the polymerization of smaller entities; a polymer that occurs in a living organism or results from life.
    • Adenine definition
      A base, C5H5N5, found in certain glands and tissues, which pairs with thymine in DNA and uracil in RNA.
  3. (figuratively, business) The fundamental values or vision of an organization.
    • 2003, Kevin John Kennedy, Mary Moore, Going the Distance, FT Press (→ISBN), page 14:
      These ingredients in a company's DNA mean that company will attract and grow leaders with these qualities.
    • 2012, Bill McBean, The Facts of Business Life, John Wiley & Sons (→ISBN)
      The main leadership priority at Level 2 is creating the business's DNA by defining how all the moving parts of the company will work, both independently and together.

Derived terms

Related terms

Translations

Proper noun

DNA

  1. Defense Nuclear Agency

Phrase

DNA

  1. Did not answer
  2. Did not arrive (used when someone fails to keep an appointment)
  3. Did not attend
  4. Do not assume
  5. Does not apply
  6. Drugs 'n' alcohol
  7. (US, military) Do not arm.

Verb

DNA (third-person singular simple present DNAs, present participle DNAing, simple past and past participle DNAed)

  1. To examine a sample of (someone's) deoxyribonucleic acid.
    • 2004, Michael Sheridan, Death in December: The Story of Sophie Toscan Du Plantier, page 194:
      The barrister went on to say that his client remains persecuted and victimised. He has been DNAed; his hair, his blood and his clothes."
    • 2008, Matthew Stokoe, Dennis Cooper, High Life, page 261:
      The only way we're gonna know is if we DNA him against the spunk in Karen.
  2. (US, military) To put under a DNA order because of mental illness.
    • 2018, Jeanne Marie Laskas, To Obama, With love, joy, hate and despair, →ISBN, page 239:
      She had her weapons back. She wasn't DNA'd anymore.

Anagrams


Chinese DNA definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English DNA.

Pronunciation


Noun

DNA

  1. DNA
    DNA / DNA [Cantonese]  ―  jim6 di1 en1 ei1 [Jyutping]  ―  to do a DNA test

Dutch DNA definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English DNA.

Pronunciation

Noun

DNA n (plural DNA's)

  1. Initialism of desoxyribonucleïnezuur (deoxyribonucleic acid).
    • Desoxyribonucleïnezuur definition
      deoxyribonucleic acid

Proper noun

DNA f

  1. (Suriname) Initialism of De Nationale Assemblee.
    • De definition
      from (operator), this is (operator)
    • Nationale definition
      inflected form of nationaal
    • Assemblee definition
      assembly, council (legislative or executive body)

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Finnish DNA definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English DNA.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈdeːˌænˌɑː/, [ˈde̞ːˌænˌɑː]

Noun

DNA

  1. DNA

Declension

singular plural
nominative DNA DNA:t
genitive DNA:n DNA:iden
DNA:itten
partitive DNA:ta DNA:ita
accusative DNA
DNA:n
DNA:t
inessive DNA:ssa DNA:issa
elative DNA:sta DNA:ista
illative DNA:han DNA:ihin
adessive DNA:lla DNA:illa
ablative DNA:lta DNA:ilta
allative DNA:lle DNA:ille
essive DNA:na DNA:ina
translative DNA:ksi DNA:iksi
instructive DNA:in
abessive DNA:tta DNA:itta
comitative DNA:ineen

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French DNA definition

Proper noun

DNA

  1. Initialism of Dernière Nouvelles d'Alsace (Latest News from Alsace, a French periodical).

Anagrams


Italian DNA definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English DNA.

Noun

DNA

  1. DNA
    Synonym: ADN
    • Adn definition
      Initialism of Advanced Digital Network. (1 of 2 ADN definitions)



Japanese DNA definition

Etymology

From English DNA.

Pronunciation

  • (Tokyo) ディーエヌエ [dìíénúéꜜè] (Nakadaka – [5])
  • IPA(key): [dʲiːe̞nɯ̟ᵝe̞ː]

Noun

D(ディー)N(エヌ)A(エー) (dī-enu-ē

  1. (genetics, biochemistry) Synonym of デオキシリボ核酸 (deokishiribo-kakusan, deoxyribonucleic acid); DNA
    • デオキシリボ核酸 definition
      deoxyribonucleic acid

See also


Norwegian Bokmål DNA definition

Noun

DNA n (definite singular DNA-et, indefinite plural DNA, definite plural DNA-a or DNA-ene)

  1. DNA

Norwegian Nynorsk DNA definition

Noun

DNA n (definite singular DNA-et, indefinite plural DNA, definite plural DNA-a)

  1. DNA

Polish DNA definition

Etymology

From English DNA.

Pronunciation

Proper noun

DNA m or n (indeclinable)

  1. (genetics, biochemistry) Abbreviation of kwas dezoksyrybonukleinowy.
    • Kwas Dezoksyrybonukleinowy definition
      deoxyribonucleic acid, DNA

Further reading

  • DNA in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • DNA in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Turkish DNA definition

Noun

DNA

  1. Initialism of deoksiribonükleik asit. DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid)
    • Deoksiribonükleik Asit definition
      deoxyribonucleic acid