Definition of amino acid in English:

amino acid

Syllabification: a·mi·no ac·id

noun

Biochemistry
  • A simple organic compound containing both a carboxyl (—COOH) and an amino (—NH2) group.

    Amino acids occur naturally in plant and animal tissues and are the basic constituents of proteins

    More example sentences
    • Two known enzymes catabolize the essential amino acid tryptophan in mammals.
    • To tackle this problem a variety of approaches have been developed to predict the three-dimensional structure of a protein given its amino-acid sequence.
    • The simplest amino acid is glycine which contains a hydrogen atom as its side group.

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