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Meaning of CRICK

Pronunciation:  krik, krik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  English biochemist who (with Watson in 1953) helped discover the helical structure of DNA (born in 1916)
  2. [n]  a painful muscle spasm especially in the neck or back (`rick' and `wrick' are British)
  3. [v]  twist the head into a strained position

CRICK is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: Francis Crick, Francis Henry Compton Crick, rick, wrick
 See Also: biochemist, cramp, muscle spasm, spasm, strain, tense, tense up



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Crick\ (kr[i^]k), n. [See {Creak}.]
    The creaking of a door, or a noise resembling it. [Obs.]
  2. \Crick\, n. [The same as creek a bending, twisting. See
    {Creek}, {Crook}.]
    1. A painful, spasmodic affection of the muscles of some part
       of the body, as of the neck or back, rendering it
       difficult to move the part.
             To those also that, with a crick or cramp, have thei
             necks drawn backward.                 --Holland.
    2. [Cf. F. cric.] A small jackscrew. --Knight.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: An English biologist born in 1916 who was one of three people to win the Nobel Prize in 1962 for the category of physiology or medicine. He and James Watson, an American biochemist and alumnus of Indiana University, discovered the double-stranded helix structure of the DNA molecule and built the Watson-Crick model of this structure. Their work was heavily based on the work of Maurice Wilkins (who also won the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 1962) and Rosalind Franklin (who died before the 1962 Nobel Prize winners were selected). The model they postulated is the accepted model used today.
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