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hexamer

Pronunciation: hek'sa-mer

Definition:

  1. A group of six protein subunits that form a capsomere on the surface of an icosohedral virus.
  2. A complex or compound containing six subunits or moieties (a protein complex with six polypeptide chains or an oligopeptide with six amino acid residues).

[hexa- + G. meros, part]

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