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A very large molecule, such as a polymer or protein, consisting of many smaller structural units linked together. Also called supermolecule.
mac′ro·mo·lec′u·lar (-mə-lĕk′yə-lər) adj.
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(Chemistry) any very large molecule, such as a protein or synthetic polymer
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mac•ro•mol•e•cule(ˌmæk rəˈmɒl əˌkyul)
a very large molecule, as a colloidal particle, protein, or esp. a polymer, composed of hundreds or thousands of atoms.
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A large molecule, such as a protein, consisting of many smaller molecules linked together.
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|Noun||1.||macromolecule - 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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