ami·​no | \ ə-ˈmē-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce amino (audio) \

Definition of amino

: relating to, being, or containing an amine group often used in combination

Examples of amino in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web A whey peptide contains a group of amino acids - the building block of protein and muscle., "Optimum Performance: An NFL player's ability to recover is the ball game," 18 Aug. 2017 That perspective applied to the pigments as well, which were coated with amino acids through a long milling process. Sarah Wu, Teen Vogue, "Try This Red Lipstick: The New Giorgio Armani Beauty Ecstasy Shine 400," 18 Aug. 2017 As a bonus, maple syrup also includes a range of vitamins and minerals, and trace amino acids. Tom Taylor,, "The Best Energy Gels and Bars for Running and Endurance Training," 16 Aug. 2017 Amino acids in the human body naturally produce them as part of their efforts to break down alcohol toxins. Abigail Abrams, Time, "Drinking Organic Wine Won't Prevent a Hangover," 1 Aug. 2017 Some amino acids from these proteins are changed by gut bacteria into potentially toxic compounds that are then absorbed into the bloodstream and either directly excreted or detoxified by the liver before being excreted. Adrian Tordiffe, Smithsonian, "Why Cheetahs Hate Captivity," 24 July 2017 Foldit players re-engineered the enzyme by adding 13 amino acids, increasing its activity by more than 18 times. Theo Karasavvas, Ars Technica, "Level up: How video games evolved to solve significant scientific problems," 23 July 2017 Both are made up of more than 200 amino acids linked together in a chain. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In tracking a lethal family of diseases that threatens humans and animals, scientists have become the hunters," 6 July 2017 And for a quick fix, Dr. Dennis Gross’s multitasking C + Collagen Mist calls on a blend of vitamin C, amino acids, and antioxidants to help revive a dull complexion and shield skin from environmental aggressors. Chloe Atkins, Vogue, "Why These 4 Dermatologist-Approved Tips Will Save Your Skin This Summer," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of amino

circa 1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amino

International Scientific Vocabulary amine + -o-

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The first known use of amino was circa 1895

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“Amino.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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ami·​no | \ ə-ˈmē-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce amino (audio) \

Medical Definition of amino

: relating to, being, or containing an amine group often used in combination

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