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secondary structure

n. (context biochemistry English) The general three-dimensional structure of a biopolymer such as DNA or a protein.

Usage examples of "secondary structure".

She flipped from the icepicks, elegant, lean programs, cold and hard as steel, to the baroque complexity of the tracers, and smiled in spite of herself, feeling a familiar touch, a routine of her own buried in the secondary structure.

He had asked Skinner to explain the mode of accretion resulting in the current state of the secondary structure.