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Base

Definition
noun, plural: bases
(1) (molecular biology) The nucleobase of a nucleotide involved in base pairing, as of a DNA or RNA polymer
(2) (anatomy) The lowest or bottom part of a plant or animal organ closest to the point of attachment
(3) (chemistry) A water-soluble compound that reacts with acid and forms salt
(4) (chemistry) A substance capable of donating a pair of electrons to an acid; substance that accepts protons (hydrogen ions)
(5) (pharmacy) Fundamental ingredient or element in medication
(6) (general) The basis of a logical thought, principle or theory
(7) (general) The lowest, supporting part of a structure or an object; foundation
(8) (general) The starting point
Supplement
Word origin: Old French base, from Latin basis, from Greek basis”
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  • Deoxyribonucleic Acid


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