amino-acid dating

[uh-mee-noh as-id, am-uh-noh-]


a method used to date an organic geological or archaeological specimen, as a fossil or mummified body, by determining how much change has occurred in the amino-acid structure of that specimen.

Origin of amino-acid dating

First recorded in 1970–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019