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Secondary Structure

  • Definition: For a protein, the three-dimensional configuration formed by bond angles between adjacent amino acids in the linear polypeptide chain. A common secondary structure is an alpha-helix, which makes helical turns in a clockwise direction like a screw.

    Source: Hickman, C.P., et al. 2011. Integrated Principles of Zoology. Fifteenth Edition. McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

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