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[mass noun] A crystalline compound of which derivatives occur in many animal substances, chiefly as sialic acids.
- ‘Cutting out neuraminic acid from the cell membrane weakens the cell membrane.’
- ‘All three finally agreed to use sialic acid as the family name covering all of the more than thirty derivatives of neuraminic acid, with N-acetylneuraminic acid and N-glycolylneuraminic acid forming the core structures.’
- ‘FIG. 3 is a mass spectrometric spectrum of N-glycolyl neuraminic acid obtained by the inventive method.’
- ‘When a flu virus enters your nose, it latches onto the first thing it finds with a neuraminic acid on it, mucus.’
- ‘The dialysable neuraminic acid does not, however, appear to be free, but rather to be bound to hexose and nitrogenous residues in glycopeptide-like low molecular weight compounds.’
1940s: neuraminic from neuro- (because it was originally isolated from brain tissue) + amine + -ic.
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