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Pronunciation: pol'e


  1. Abbreviation for poly(adenylic acid).
  2. Iridoid indole alkaloid isolated from Vinca sp.; may have pharmacologic applications; falling in this class are vinblastine and vincristine.
  3. Excretion of d-glycerate in the urine; found in renal calculi.
  4. An inborn error in metabolism resulting in d-glyceric aciduria (1).
  5. A class of basic antibiotic peptides found in neutrophils that apparently kill bacteria by causing membrane damage.

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