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amyloid

[am-uh-loid] /ˈæm əˌlɔɪd/
noun
1.
Biochemistry. a waxy, translucent substance, composed primarily of protein fibers, that is deposited in various organs of animals in certain diseases.
2.
a nonnitrogenous food consisting especially of starch.
adjective
3.
Also, amyloidal. of, resembling, or containing amylum.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; amyl- + -oid
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British Dictionary definitions for amyloidal

amyloid

/ˈæmɪˌlɔɪd/
noun
1.
(pathol) a complex protein resembling starch, deposited in tissues in some degenerative diseases
2.
any substance resembling starch
adjective
3.
starchlike
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Word Origin and History for amyloidal

amyloid

adj.

"starch-like," 1857, coined in German (1839) from Latin amylum (see amyl) + Greek-derived suffix -oid. The noun is attested from 1872.

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amyloidal in Medicine

amyloid am·y·loid (ām'ə-loid')
n.

  1. A starchlike substance.

  2. A hard, waxy deposit consisting of protein and polysaccharides resulting from the degeneration of tissue.

adj.
Starchlike.
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amyloidal in Science
amyloid
  (ām'ə-loid')   
Noun  A hard waxy substance consisting of protein and polysaccharides that results from the degeneration of tissue and is deposited in organs or tissues of the body in various chronic diseases.

Adjective  Starchlike.
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