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amygdalin an organic compound derived from bitter almonds and related fruits, used to produce laetrile and as an expectorant.
amyl the small organic molecule derived from pentane; pentyl. [2 definitions]
amylaceous of, concerning, or resembling starch.
amylase any of a class of enzymes, found in saliva and many tissues of plants and animals, that break down starch to sugars.
amyloid a starchy substance, as in food. [3 definitions]
amyloidosis a condition characterized by deposition of amyloid in the body.
amylopsin an enzyme produced by the pancreas, capable of converting starch into sugar.
amylum starch.
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis a disease that causes loss of control in muscle movement because of the degeneration of nerve cells; Lou Gehrig's disease.
-an one that is from, belongs to, or lives in. [4 definitions]
an used before words starting with a vowel or vowel sound. [2 definitions]
an-1 not; without.
an-2 to.
-ana collected items or information pertaining to (such) a subject.
ana- up or upward. [4 definitions]
Anabaptist a member of any of several Protestant sects formed in the sixteenth century that baptized only adult believers, opposed military service, and advocated the separation of church and state. [2 definitions]
anabasis any large-scale military expedition or march, esp. one from a coast to the interior.
anabatic pertaining to wind currents that rise because of heat pockets and the like.
anabiosis a returning to life after death or apparent death; resuscitation.
anabolic steroid a synthetic hormone sometimes used by athletes to increase muscle size or strength, but widely prohibited by athletic leagues, associations, and the like.
anabolism the process in living organisms by which complex structures are synthesized from simple ones, as body tissues from food.