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[uh-mee-noh, am-uh-noh]
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adjective Chemistry.
  1. containing the amino group.
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Origin of amino

First recorded in 1900–05; independent use of amino-


  1. a combining form used in the names of chemical compounds in which the amino group is present: aminobenzene.
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Also -amine; especially before a vowel, amin-.

Origin of amino-

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British Dictionary definitions for amino


  1. (modifier) of, consisting of, or containing the group of atoms -NH 2amino group or radical; amino acid
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combining form
  1. indicating the presence of an amino groupaminobenzoic acid
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Word Origin

from amine
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Word Origin and History for amino


1887, as an element in compound words involving chemicals, from comb. form of amine. Amino acid is attested from 1898.

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amino in Medicine


(ə-mēnō, ămə-nō′)
  1. Relating to an amine or other compound containing an NH2 group combined with a nonacid organic radical.
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  1. Containing the radical NH2 combined with a nonacid organic radical:aminobenzoic acid.
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amino in Science


[ə-mēnō, ămə-nō′]
  1. Relating to an amine or other chemical compound that contains the group NH2.
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