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icosahedral viral capsid definition: The protein coat that surrounds the infective nucleic acid in some virus particles; the subunits are arranged to form an icosahedron, a solid with 20 faces and 12 vertices. Tobacco satellite necrosis virus has such a capsid structure. [ISBN:0198506732 "Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology", ISBN:071673706X]
 
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