alanine

alanine

[al-uh-neen, -nin]
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. Abbreviation: Ala; Symbol: A

Origin:
1860–65; al(dehyde) + -an- (arbitrarily inserted) + -ine2

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alanine (ˈæləˌniːn, -ˌnaɪn)
 
n
a nonessential aliphatic amino acid that occurs in many proteins
 
[C19: from German Alanin, from al(dehyde) + -an- (euphonic infix) + -in-ine²]

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

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alanine   (āl'ə-nēn')  Pronunciation Key 
A nonessential amino acid. Chemical formula: C3H7NO2. See more at amino acid.
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