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Macromolecule

Definition

noun, plural: macromolecules

A large complex molecule, such as nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids, with relatively large molecular weight.


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In biology, a macromolecule is a term used to contrast a micromolecule (which is smaller in size and in molecular weight). Macromolecules are usually used to refer to large biological polymers, such as nucleic acids and proteins, which are made up of small monomers linked together.


Word origin: macro- (large) + molecule.
Related forms: macromolecular (adjective)

Compare: micromolecule


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What characteristics are there of alcohols?

About fats...the macromolecule: Fatty acids are attached to alcohols right? (eg glycerol) So...what is an alcohol?

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by leftventricle
Fri Oct 08, 2010 1:45 am
 
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: What characteristics are there of alcohols?
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Re: What is the largest macromolecule ??

You said that amino acid size is about nucleotide size. I want to know how to measure their size.

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by scienceclub
Mon May 17, 2010 1:43 am
 
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: What is the largest macromolecule ??
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Re: What is the largest macromolecule ??

wow! I see. So protein has about 1000 amino acid (monomer), DNA has about millions nucleotide(monomer). That's it. Wow thank you very muchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh :D PS. I wonder how amino acid size is approx nucleotide size. Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

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by scienceclub
Sun May 16, 2010 1:49 am
 
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: What is the largest macromolecule ??
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Re: What is the largest macromolecule ??

DNA is a nucleic acid that has double helix of polynucleotide. It consists of Nitrogenous base, phosphate group and deoxyribose sugar. I had searched the answer for this question and its answer is Nucleic acid. But I want to know why? I had opened so many books. But I've just graduate grade 9.I don'...

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by scienceclub
Sat May 15, 2010 8:12 am
 
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Topic: What is the largest macromolecule ??
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What is the largest macromolecule ??

Hello Everyone!!! I'm a new member. Anyway, I want to know what the largest macromolecule is. This question is in my examination TT. Thank you for every answer ^W^ :D :D :D PS. I want to know how to measure too. thank you very much krub :D

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Fri May 14, 2010 1:00 pm
 
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: What is the largest macromolecule ??
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