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teichoic acids

Pronunciation: ti-ko'ik as'idz

Definition: One of two classes (the other being the muramic acids or mucopeptides) of polymers constituting the cell walls of Gram-positive bacteria, but also found intracellularly; linear polymers of a polyol (ribitol phosphate or glycerol phosphate) carrying d-alanyl residues esterified to OH groups and glycosidically linked sugars.

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