Definition of polypeptide in English:

polypeptide

Line breaks: poly|pep¦tide
Pronunciation: /ˌpɒlɪˈpɛptʌɪd
 
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noun

Biochemistry
  • A linear organic polymer consisting of a large number of amino-acid residues bonded together in a chain, forming part of (or the whole of) a protein molecule: [as modifier]: a polypeptide chain
    More example sentences
    • It is a basic protein with a single polypeptide chain and acts on cellular and model lipid membranes.
    • These enzymes break down proteins into polypeptides and then into amino acids, which are absorbed through the gut wall into the bloodstream.
    • They both develop random transient beta-strands across the whole polypeptide chain.

Origin

early 20th century: from poly- 'many' + peptone + -ide.

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