Definition of neuraminic acid in English:

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neuraminic acid

Pronunciation: /ˌnjʊərəˈmɪnɪk/


[mass noun] Biochemistry
A crystalline compound of which derivatives occur in many animal substances, chiefly as sialic acids.
  • A sugar with amino and acid groups; chemical formula: C9H17NO8.
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.


1940s: neuraminic from neuro- (because it was originally isolated from brain tissue) + amine + -ic.

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