from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A very large molecule, such as a polymer or protein, consisting of many smaller structural units linked together. Also called supermolecule.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A very large molecule, especially used in reference to large biological polymers (e.g. nucleic acids and proteins).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A very large molecule, especially a polymer having from hundreds to many thousands of atoms, such as DNA, RNA, protein, polysaccharide, polyethylene, polycarbonate, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A molecule consisting of several molecules.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any very large complex molecule; found only in plants and animals
A macromolecule is a molecule that consists of repeated 'building blocks', that may not be identical.
- "In EF, the force moving the macromolecule is the electric potential, E" (wrong, driving force is an electric field).
For instance, I saw the word 高分子 (koubunshi) and wanted to find out how it was used in context (it means "macromolecule" and "polymer"), and hit so many Chinese pages, I had to choose the "Japanese" option to be able to find just those pages.
Fourth, in the context of biology a "macromolecule" often refers to two or more distinct molecules.
I have started a macromolecule page which provides referenced definitions of the term "macromolecule" and explains how the usage of the term differs between polymer chemistry and biology.
DNA is an extremely long "macromolecule" that contains the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms.
The formation of glycogen in the reverse reaction was the first demonstration of synthesis of a macromolecule in a test tube, contradicting concepts then current.
Now if the original is just a single macromolecule do nothing much more than floating around in the soup, then it may be a comparitively uncomplicated matter to make use of it as a template.
May 10th, 2007 at 6: 46 pm eric: Now if the original is just a single macromolecule do nothing much more than floating around in the soup, then it may be a comparitively uncomplicated matter to make use of it as a template.
I can tell you about the macromolecule ATP and the energy currency to the cell.