amino acids

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amino acids [(uh-mee-noh)]

Basic organic molecules that combine to form proteins. Amino acids are made up of hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen. Some examples of amino acids are lysine, phenylalanine, and tryptophan.

Note: Amino acids are the basic molecular building blocks of proteins.
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