peptidoglycan

[pĕp′tĭ-dō-glīkən, -kăn′]

n.

A polymer found in the cell walls of prokaryotes that consists of polysaccharide and peptide chains in a strong molecular network.mucopeptide murein

Nearby words

  1. peptic ulcer,
  2. peptidase,
  3. peptide,
  4. peptide bond,
  5. peptidergic,
  6. peptidoid,
  7. peptidolytic,
  8. peptize,
  9. peptogenic,
  10. peptolysis


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