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Medical Term:

collagen helix


Definition: An extended left-handed helix the formation of which results from the high levels of glycyl, l-propyl,, and l-hydroxyprolyl residues present in the collagens. There are 3.3 amino acids per turn of the helix. Three of those left-handed helices form a triple superhelix that is right-handed.

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