Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An organic compound containing an amino group (NH2), a carboxylic acid group (COOH), and any of various side groups, especially any of the 20 compounds that have the basic formula NH2CHRCOOH, and that link together by peptide bonds to form proteins or that function as chemical messengers and as intermediates in metabolism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any organic compound containing both an amino and a carboxylic acid functional group.
  • n. Any of the twenty naturally occurring α-amino acids (having the amino, and carboxylic acid groups on the same carbon atom), and a variety of side chains, that combine, via peptide bonds, to form proteins.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. organic compounds containing an amino group and a carboxylic acid group

Etymologies

See amine and acid. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This particular string of eight amino acids, taken by researchers from what is known as the “Sm B amino acid sequence” was bound by the autoantibodies of lupus patients.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

  • EMS affected thousands of individuals around the world after a manufacturer made a minuscule change in the manufacturing of an amino acid food supplement, L-tryptophan.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

  • The amino acid L-taurine is believed to have the effect of improving insulin resistance.

    The Fiber35 Diet

  • Synthesized from the amino acid tryptophan, melatonin is produced in the pineal gland which Descartes thought was the seat of the human soul and starts to flow when it gets dark, making you tired, and making you go to sleep.

    The Time Paradox

  • When Harley saw that the sequence of a part of EBV was so similar to the Sm B amino acid sequence, “bells went off in my mind,” he recalls.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

  • She showed Harley that this Sm B sequence bore a striking resemblance to an amino acid sequence that researchers had previously identified in the Epstein-Barr virus.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

  • If so, you will want to select a nutritional supplement formulated to naturally support insulin and sugar balance, one that features the minerals chromium GTF and vanadium, the amino acid L-taurine, and the herbs fenugreek seed, cinnamon bark, gymnema leaf, bitter melon, and jambolin seed.

    The Fiber35 Diet

  • It contains the amino acid L-theanine which enhances alpha brain wave activity and promotes the production of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, thereby conteracting the jittery effects of caffeine.

    Wil's Ebay E-Store

  • As discussed elsewhere in this book, ingredients for adrenal support include the B vitamin pantothenic acid B5, the amino acid L-theanine, and the herbs banaba, Rhodiola rosea, ashwaganda, and eleuthero root.

    The Fiber35 Diet

  • GCG, for example, codes for the amino acid alanine, CGG for arginine.

    THE HIDDEN FACE OF GOD

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