from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A secondary structure of proteins, characterized by a single, spiral chain of amino acids stabilized by hydrogen bonds.
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- noun A
secondary structurefound in many proteins, where the amino acidsare arranged in a coil, or helix, with almost no free space on the insideand all side chainsbeing pointed towards the outside.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[From alpha-form, the form taken by unstretched protein molecules.]
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