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α-a·mi·no ac·id(ă-mē'nō as'id),
Typically, an amino acid of the general formula R-CHNH3+-COO- (that is, the amino in the α position); the l forms of these are the hydrolysis products of proteins. In rarer usages, this class of molecules also includes α-amino phosphoric acids and α-aminosulfonic acids.
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