The Alternative English Dictionary: 5′

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5′ 〈5′〉
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. That end of any DNA strand that has a terminal phosphate group.
antonyms:
  • 3′
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Relatively close to the 5′ end of a strand of DNA.
    • 1992, et al., Recombinant DNA, second edition, Scientific American Books, ISBN 0716722828, page 147: A CG pair is often designated CpG to signify that the two nucleotides are contiguous in DNA and that the C is 5′ to the G.

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