amino acid /əmiːnəʊˈasɪd/

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noun

1.
[Biochemistry] a simple organic compound containing both a carboxyl (—COOH) and an amino (—NH2) group.

[as modifier]

the amino-acid sequence of a protein.
Amino acids occur naturally in plant and animal tissues and form the basic constituents of proteins. There are about twenty common amino acids, of which the simplest is glycine (H2NCH2COOH).

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