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[al-uh-neen, -nin] /ˈæl əˌnin, -nɪn/
noun, Biochemistry
any of several isomers of a colorless, crystalline, water-soluble amino acid, CH 3 CH(NH 2)COOH, found in many proteins and produced synthetically: used chiefly in biochemical research. Symbol: A.
Abbreviation: Ala;
Origin of alanine
1860-65; al(dehyde) + -an- (arbitrarily inserted) + -ine2 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for alanine


/ˈæləˌniːn; -ˌnaɪn/
a nonessential aliphatic amino acid that occurs in many proteins
Word Origin
C19: from German Alanin, from al(dehyde) + -an- (euphonic infix) + -in-ine²
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alanine in Medicine

alanine al·a·nine (āl'ə-nēn')
Abbr. Ala
A crystalline amino acid that is a constituent of many proteins.

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alanine in Science
A nonessential amino acid. Chemical formula: C3H7NO2. See more at amino acid.
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