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.

Nearby words

  1. amino acid sequence,
  2. amino acids,
  3. amino group,
  4. amino resin,
  5. amino-,
  6. aminoacetic acid,
  7. aminoacidemia,
  8. aminoaciduria,
  9. aminoacyl,
  10. aminobenzene

Origin of amino-acid dating

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