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    To get my nuclear acid result

    I was waiting in line in front of a local hospital entrace for my result of the swab. I took a swab for the nuclear acid to see if I got COVID virus.

    A friend saw me and wondered why I stood there and I said to her "To get my nuclear acid result".

    Is my italic sentence natural?

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    Re: To get my nuclear acid result

    I wouldn't have had any idea what you were talking about. We just call them COVID tests.

    I'm here to get my COVID test result.
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    Re: To get my nuclear acid result

    There's no such thing as nuclear acid. Are you thinking of nucleic acid? In any case, that's neither the formal nor the common name of a medical test. The covid-19 test taken with a nasal swab is semi-formally called the PCR test, where PCR stands for polymerase chain-reaction. That's a technique used for many purposes, but it's become widely known as the reliable test for infection with the novel coronavirus SARS-COV-2.
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    Re: To get my nuclear acid result

    Are you thinking of nucleic acid?
    Yes and yes. I read this term somewhere and I thought it might work.

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    Re: To get my nuclear acid result

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Yes and yes. I read this term somewhere and I thought it might work.
    Now you know!
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    Re: To get my nuclear acid result

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    Seeing as that link says that nucleic acid is essential to all life, I sincerely hope your nucleic acid test would come back positive! I hope the opposite is true of your COVID test.
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