macromolecule

noun
mac·​ro·​mol·​e·​cule | \ˌma-krō-ˈmä-li-ˌkyü(ə)l \

Definition of macromolecule 

: a very large molecule (as of a protein or rubber)

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macromolecular \-​mə-​ˈle-​kyə-​lər \ adjective

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Now, samples taken from two different drill sites on an ancient lakebed have yielded complex organic macromolecules that look strikingly similar to the goopy fossilized building blocks of oil and gas on Earth. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: toxic toads, three-parent babies in Singapore, and the hunt for the Lost Colony," 8 June 2018 Such a macromolecule might potentially look something like kerogen, Eigenbrode said — a substance that’s found in coal and black shale and meteorites. Amina Khan, latimes.com, "Curiosity rover's findings on Mars' organic molecules offer tantalizing clues in the search for life on the planet," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of macromolecule

1924, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of macromolecule was in 1924

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macromolecule

noun
mac·​ro·​mol·​e·​cule | \ˌmak-rō-ˈmäl-i-ˌkyü(ə)l \

Medical Definition of macromolecule 

: a very large molecule (as of a protein, nucleic acid, or rubber) built up from smaller chemical structures — compare micromolecule

Other Words from macromolecule

macromolecular \-​mə-​ˈlek-​yə-​lər \ adjective

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