One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mispaired base pair.
1no object Molecular Biology. To form a base pair with the wrong nucleotide. Usually with with.
2with object To pair (persons or things) inappropriately or wrongly.
1960s; earliest use found in Science. From mis- + pair, after mispair<br>1960s; earliest use found in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. From mis- + pair.
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