Medical Dictionary

alpha–amino acid

noun al·pha–ami·no acid

Medical Definition of ALPHA-AMINO ACID

:  any of the more than 20 amino acids that have an amino group in the alpha position with most having the general formula RCH(NH2)COOH, that are synthesized in plant and animal tissues, that are considered the building blocks of proteins from which they can be obtained by hydrolysis, and that play an important role in metabolism, growth, maintenance, and repair of tissue—see essential amino acid, nonessential amino acid


al·pha–ami·no acid or α–ami·no acid \-ə-ˌmē-nō-\


June 30, 2015
disinformation Hear it
false information deliberately spread
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears