Definition of neuraminic acid in English:

neuraminic acid

Syllabification: neu·ra·min·ic ac·id
Pronunciation: /ˌn(y)o͝orəˌminik ˈasəd


A crystalline compound of which derivatives occur in many animal substances, chiefly as sialic acids.
More example sentences
  • When a flu virus enters your nose, it latches onto the first thing it finds with a neuraminic acid on it, mucus.
  • FIG. 3 is a mass spectrometric spectrum of N-glycolyl neuraminic acid obtained by the inventive method.
  • Cutting out neuraminic acid from the cell membrane weakens the cell membrane.


mid 20th century: neuraminic from neuro- (because it was originally isolated from brain tissue) + amine + -ic.

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