Main definitions of capsid in English

: capsid1capsid2

capsid1

noun

  • another term for mirid
    • ‘A misconception as to what species of cocoa pests constitute 'capsids' was settled between farmers and scientists using a cage experiment on capsid damage.’
    • ‘A potful of Nicotiana langsdorfii has been attacked by some kind of leaf-sucking thrip or capsid bug.’
    • ‘Vegetables generally tolerate capsid damage and do not need spraying for this pest.’
    • ‘Capsids suck the sap from the shoot tips of leaves and buds.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from modern Latin Capsidae (plural), from Capsus (genus name).

Pronunciation:

capsid

/ˈkapsɪd/

Main definitions of capsid in English

: capsid1capsid2

capsid2

noun

Microbiology
  • The protein coat or shell of a virus particle, surrounding the nucleic acid or nucleoprotein core.

    • ‘For instance, the detection of the slow ejection kinetics may be impeded by the photobleaching effect and the possible diffusion of the probe through the permeable capsids.’
    • ‘Further, intact viruses can be added directly to in situ water samples because the capsid offers resistance to endogenous exozymes.’
    • ‘When considered in the context of other studies using chemical or heat treatment of capsids, our study indicates that penton release may be a common trend among double-stranded DNA containing viruses.’
    • ‘Since the ejected DNA doesn't contribute to the detected signal, the decreasing signal once FhuA is added reflects directly the progressive loss of DNA mass confined in the capsids.’
    • ‘Both types of capsids have the same diameter; consequently the change in migration must be due to an increase in overall charge to more basic.’

Origin

1960s: coined in French from Latin capsa (see case).

Pronunciation:

capsid

/ˈkapsɪd/