Definition of amino acid noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


amino acid

BrE BrE//əˌmiːnəʊ ˈæsɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//əˌmiːnoʊ ˈæsɪd//
(chemistry) Cell biology
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any of the substances that combine to form the basic structure of proteins Eggs contain essential amino acids which we depend on for good health. See related entries: Cell biology
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