heterocyclic

adjective
het·​ero·​cy·​clic | \ˌhe-tə-rō-ˈsī-klik, -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 \ 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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First Known Use of heterocyclic

1899, in the meaning defined above

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heterocyclic

adjective
het·​ero·​cy·​clic | \ˌhet-ə-rō-ˈsī-klik, -ˈsik-lik \

Medical Definition of heterocyclic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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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