heterocyclic

adjective
het·​ero·​cy·​clic | \ ˌhe-tə-rō-ˈsī-klik How to pronounce heterocyclic (audio) , -ˈsi-\

Definition of heterocyclic

: relating to, characterized by, or being a ring composed of atoms of more than one kind

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heterocycle \ ˈhe-​tə-​rō-​ˌsī-​kəl How to pronounce heterocycle (audio) \ noun
heterocyclic noun

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One group, called HAAs (heterocyclic aromatic amines), form during high-temperature reactions between substances in muscle tissue. Emily Sohn, chicagotribune.com, "Does grilled meat cause cancer? Maybe, maybe not.," 7 June 2017 One group, called HAAs (heterocyclic aromatic amines), form during high-temperature reactions between substances in muscle tissue. Emily Sohn, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Does grilled meat cause cancer?," 6 June 2017 One group, called HAAs (heterocyclic aromatic amines), form during high-temperature reactions between substances in muscle tissue. Emily Sohn, chicagotribune.com, "Does grilled meat cause cancer? Maybe, maybe not.," 7 June 2017 One group, called HAAs (heterocyclic aromatic amines), form during high-temperature reactions between substances in muscle tissue. Emily Sohn, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Does grilled meat cause cancer?," 6 June 2017 One group, called HAAs (heterocyclic aromatic amines), form during high-temperature reactions between substances in muscle tissue. Emily Sohn, chicagotribune.com, "Does grilled meat cause cancer? Maybe, maybe not.," 7 June 2017 One group, called HAAs (heterocyclic aromatic amines), form during high-temperature reactions between substances in muscle tissue. Emily Sohn, chicagotribune.com, "Does grilled meat cause cancer? Maybe, maybe not.," 7 June 2017 One group, called HAAs (heterocyclic aromatic amines), form during high-temperature reactions between substances in muscle tissue. Emily Sohn, chicagotribune.com, "Does grilled meat cause cancer? Maybe, maybe not.," 7 June 2017 One group, called HAAs (heterocyclic aromatic amines), form during high-temperature reactions between substances in muscle tissue. Emily Sohn, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Does grilled meat cause cancer?," 6 June 2017

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1899, in the meaning defined above

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heterocyclic

adjective
het·​ero·​cy·​clic | \ ˌhet-ə-rō-ˈsī-klik How to pronounce heterocyclic (audio) , -ˈsik-lik How to pronounce heterocyclic (audio) \

Medical Definition of heterocyclic

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: relating to, characterized by, or being a ring composed of atoms of more than one kind heterocyclic chemical compounds

heterocyclic

noun

Medical Definition of heterocyclic (Entry 2 of 2)

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