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Definition of "protein" []

  • Any of a group of complex organic macromolecules that contain carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and usually sulfur and are composed of one or more chains of amino acids. Proteins are fundamental components of all living cells and include many substances, such as enzymes, hormones, and antibodies, that are necessary for the proper functioning of an organism. They are essential in the diet of animals for the growth and repair of tissue and can be obtained from foods such as meat, fish, eggs, milk, and legumes. (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 "protein" in a sentence
  • "A faulty beta-globin protein is made, leading to severe anemia."
  • "Under the term protein are included the principal nitrogenous compounds which make bone, muscle and other material."
  • "They are remarkable high in protein, which is provided at a much higher efficiency rate than beef."