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What Does DNA Mean?

DNA means "Deoxyribonucleic Acid." The abbreviation DNA stands for "deoxyribonucleic acid," which is the biological instructions that make every species unique. DNA is inherited from parents half from the mother, and half from the father - and determines everything from eye colour to immune system.

DNA was first used in 1986 in the criminal prosecution of a 17-year-old alleged rapist. The tests proved the teenager was in fact not the perpetrator and the actual attacker was eventually caught, also using DNA testing.

The abbreviation DNA can also mean "Does Not Apply," meaning something is not applicable. For example, if a document asks for a spouse's name, but you are single, you would write DNA, sometimes written as N/A meaning "Not Applicable."

DNA can also mean "Did Not Attend," which states that someone was not present at an event.
  • Carrie: How did they catch that serial killer who was on the news?
  • Ray: DNA at the crime scenes.

Summary of Key Points

"Deoxyribonucleic Acid" is the most common definition for DNA on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
DNA
Definition:Deoxyribonucleic Acid
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write DNA, I mean this:

meaning of DNA
DNA means Deoxyribonucleic Acid

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Examples of DNA in Sentences

Here are examples of DNA being used in conversations:
  • Shelley: Have the police charged someone for that attack in town last month?
  • Nina: Yes. She was caught after they took a DNA sample.
  • Charlie: What does DNA stand for?
  • Martin: National Dyslexics Association!
  • An Academic Look at DNA

    As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Dee Enn Aay"), DNA is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words

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    Second Definition for DNA

    This meaning was also noted:
    DNA
    Definition:Does Not Apply
    Type:Abbreviation
    Guessability:
    2: Quite easy to guess
    Typical Users:
    Adults and Teenagers

    Third Definition for DNA

    This meaning was also noted, but it is not common:
    DNA
    Definition:Did Not Attend
    Type:Abbreviation
    Guessability:
    2: Quite easy to guess
    Typical Users:
    Adults and Teenagers

    Example of DNA Used in a Text

    DNA

    See Also

    DNA (Did Not Attend) DNA (Does Not Apply) PIC (Partner In Crime) CSI (Crime Scene Investigation (TV)) GAC (Guilty As Charged) BADMAN (A person with questionable morals) BADMAN (Gangster) BBEG (Big Bad Evil Guy) BDONG (Bad And Wrong) MAL (Bad Or Evil) 12 (The Police) COP Policeman) FUZZ (Police) PIG (Police Officer (derogatory)) PIGS (The Police (derogatory)) ROZZERS (Police (UK)) SHOPPED (Informed on the police) SOW (Female Police Officer (uk))