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Definition of "peptide" [peptide]

  • Any of various natural or synthetic compounds containing two or more amino acids linked by the carboxyl group of one amino acid to the amino group of another. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "peptide" in a sentence
  • "The word peptide is derived from a Greek term meaning ‘small digestibles’; a peptide also forms a type of chain, or bond."
  • "They stand for corresponding amino acids in peptide chains."
  • "Their work exploits the way certain peptide sequences can be made to self-assemble into mesh-like sheets of "nanofibres" when immersed in salt solutions."