Definition of amino in English:

amino

noun

Chemistry
  • [as modifier] The group —NH2, present in amino acids, amides, and many amines.

    ‘isocyanic acid reacts with amino groups’
    ‘amino compounds’
    • ‘Natural proteins are made up of alpha-amino acids, which have a carboxyl group and an amino group separated by one carbon atom.’
    • ‘In general, allergic reactions to amino esters are much more common than amino amides’
    • ‘They are composed of fatty acids bonded to the amino alcohol sphingosine.’
    • ‘There have been numerous reports of abnormal accumulations of amino compounds and amines in tissues of nutrient-deficient plants.’
    • ‘From this ensemble, the mean position of the side-chain amino group or the two carboxyl oxygens were determined.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from amine.

Pronunciation:

amino

/əˈmʌɪnəʊ//əˈmiːnəʊ/