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hinge region

hinge region in Medicine

hinge region n.

  1. The portion of a crystalline form of tRNA that deforms to an L shape under electron microscopy.

  2. A short sequence of amino acids that lies at the base of each of the heavy chain regions of an immunoglobin thus allowing these regions to move freely of each other.

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