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Molecules of Life

acid compound that donates a proton (H) when dissolved in a solution
base compound that accepts a proton (H) when dissolved in solution
pH measurement of acidity; related to free hydrogen ion concentration in solution
buffer compound that can bind to an H+ ion when the H+ concentration decreases; locks up H+ ions and helps maintain homeostasis
macro-molecule large molecule formed by joining smaller organic molecules together
polymer large molecule formed from smaller repeating units of identical, or nearly identical, compounds linked by covalent bonds
carbohydrate molecule composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen; includes sugars and starches
lipid nonpolar molecule composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen; includes fats and oils
protein polymer composed of amino acids linked by peptide bonds; folds into a particular structure depending on bonds between amino acids
nucleic acid polymer of nucleotides; the genetic material of organisms
Created by: meg.minor.15