supermolecule


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su·per·mol·e·cule

 (so͞o′pər-mŏl′ĭ-kyo͞ol′)
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Noun1.supermolecule - any very large complex moleculesupermolecule - any very large complex molecule; found only in plants and animals
molecule - (physics and chemistry) the simplest structural unit of an element or compound
organic compound - any compound of carbon and another element or a radical
protein - any of a large group of nitrogenous organic compounds that are essential constituents of living cells; consist of polymers of amino acids; essential in the diet of animals for growth and for repair of tissues; can be obtained from meat and eggs and milk and legumes; "a diet high in protein"
carbohydrate, saccharide, sugar - an essential structural component of living cells and source of energy for animals; includes simple sugars with small molecules as well as macromolecular substances; are classified according to the number of monosaccharide groups they contain
lipid, lipide, lipoid - an oily organic compound insoluble in water but soluble in organic solvents; essential structural component of living cells (along with proteins and carbohydrates)
nucleic acid - (biochemistry) any of various macromolecules composed of nucleotide chains that are vital constituents of all living cells
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What makes collagen a kind of supermolecule, however, is its three-dimensional triple helix architecture.
All of the constituent two-atom molecules meld to form a single supermolecule, says Deborah S.
Editor is Ariga (director, Supermolecules Unit and principal investigator of the World Premier International Research Center for Materials Nanoarhitectonics at the National Institute for Materials Science, Japan).
We also evaluate future growth opportunities in emerging biologic imaging reagents including quantum dots, nanoparticles, fluorescent proteins and supermolecules.