biopolymer

noun
bio·​poly·​mer | \ ˌbī-ō-ˈpä-lə-mər How to pronounce biopolymer (audio) \

Definition of biopolymer

: a polymeric substance (such as a protein or polysaccharide) formed in a biological system

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Through research like this, the Center is realizing its ambitious mission to shed light on the chemistries of biopolymers, a foundation of all living things. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "We're All Born from the Same 20 Amino Acids, So Can't We All Just Get Along?," 2 Aug. 2019 Indeed, the three-biopolymer system may have drawbacks, since information flows only one way, from DNA to RNA to proteins. Quanta Magazine, "New Letters Added to the Genetic Alphabet," 10 July 2015 Yet a new computational model that describes how early biopolymers could have grown long enough to fold into useful shapes may change that. Quanta Magazine, "Life’s First Molecule Was Protein, Not RNA, New Model Suggests," 2 Nov. 2017

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1957, in the meaning defined above

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biopolymer

noun
bio·​poly·​mer | \ ˌbī-ō-ˈpäl-ə-mər How to pronounce biopolymer (audio) \

Medical Definition of biopolymer

: a polymeric substance (as a protein or polysaccharide) formed in a biological system

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