Definitions for "Nucleocapsid"
Keywords:  capsid, nucleic, viral, naked, genome
A protein-nucleic acid complex which forms part or all of a virion. It consists of a capsid plus enclosed nucleic acid. Depending on the virus, the nucleocapsid may correspond to a naked core or be surrounded by a membranous envelope.
the structure composed of the capsid with the enclosed viral nucleic acid; some nucleocapsids are naked, others are enclosed in an envelope.
a unit of viral structure, consisting of a capsid (protein coat) with the enclosed nucleic acid; some simple viruses are naked nucleocapsids, while in others the nucleocapsids form part of a more complex structure.