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Peptide

Synonym(s)

  • polypeptides

Definition(s)

Any compound consisting of two or more amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. Peptides are combined to make proteins.

Definition from: Physician Data Query via Unified Medical Language SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the National Library of Medicine

A peptide is one or more amino acids linked by chemical bonds. The term also refers to the type of chemical bond that joins the amino acids together. A series of linked amino acids is a polypeptide. The cell's proteins are made from one or more polypeptides.

Definition from: Talking Glossary of Genetic TermsThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. from the National Human Genome Research Institute

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: August 18, 2014