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 Dictionary entry overview: What does biochemistry mean? 

  The noun BIOCHEMISTRY has 1 sense:

1. the organic chemistry of compounds and processes occuring in organisms; the effort to understand biology within the context of chemistry

  Familiarity information: BIOCHEMISTRY used as a noun is very rare.

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The organic chemistry of compounds and processes occuring in organisms; the effort to understand biology within the context of chemistry

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Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("biochemistry" is a kind of...):

organic chemistry (the chemistry of compounds containing carbon (originally defined as the chemistry of substances produced by living organisms but now extended to substances synthesized artificially))

Domain member category:

antagonism ((biochemistry) interference in or inhibition of the physiological action of a chemical substance by another having a similar structure)

coenzyme Q; ubiquinone (any of several quinones found in living cells and that function as coenzymes that transfer electrons from one molecule to another in cell respiration)

cytochrome ((biochemistry) a class of hemoprotein whose principle biological function is electron transfer (especially in cellular respiration))

nucleic acid ((biochemistry) any of various macromolecules composed of nucleotide chains that are vital constituents of all living cells)

ribonucleic acid; RNA ((biochemistry) a long linear polymer of nucleotides found in the nucleus but mainly in the cytoplasm of a cell where it is associated with microsomes; it transmits genetic information from DNA to the cytoplasm and controls certain chemical processes in the cell)

deoxyribonucleic acid; desoxyribonucleic acid; DNA ((biochemistry) a long linear polymer found in the nucleus of a cell and formed from nucleotides and shaped like a double helix; associated with the transmission of genetic information)

adenosine ((biochemistry) a nucleoside that is a structural component of nucleic acids; it is present in all living cells in a combined form as a constituent of DNA and RNA and ADP and ATP and AMP)

A; adenine ((biochemistry) purine base found in DNA and RNA; pairs with thymine in DNA and with uracil in RNA)

cutin ((biochemistry) a waxy transparent material that occurs in the cuticle of plants and consists of highly polymerized esters of fatty acids)

precursor (a substance from which another substance is formed (especially by a metabolic reaction))

lysis ((biochemistry) dissolution or destruction of cells such as blood cells or bacteria)

sequenator; sequencer ((chemistry) an apparatus that can determine the sequence of monomers in a polymer)

agonist ((biochemistry) a drug that can combine with a receptor on a cell to produce a physiological reaction)

transcribe (convert the genetic information in (a strand of DNA) into a strand of RNA, especially messenger RNA)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "biochemistry"):

enzymology (the branch of biochemistry dealing with the chemical nature and biological activity of enzymes)

zymurgy (the branch of chemistry concerned with fermentation (as in making wine or brewing or distilling))

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