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Meaning of amino acid

ami'no ac'id

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— Biochem. Biochem.
  1. any of a class of organic compounds that contains at least one amino group, –NH, and one carboxyl group, –COOH: the alpha-amino acids, RCH(NH)COOH, are the building blocks from which proteins are constructed. Cf. essential amino acid.
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