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Medical Term:

N-formylmethionine

Pronunciation: for'mil-me-thi'o-nen

Definition: Methionine acylated on the NH2 group by a formyl (–CHO) group. This is the starting amino acid residue for virtually all bacterial polypeptides. It is also observed in mitochondria and chloroplasts of eukaryotes.

See Also: initiating codon

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