aspartic acid

aspartic acid

[uh-spahr-tik]
noun Biochemistry.
a nonessential amino acid, C 4 H 7 NO 4 , produced by the hydrolysis of asparagine and proteins, found chiefly in young sugar cane and sugar-beet molasses, and used in the preparation of culture media and as a dietary supplement. Abbreviation: Asp; Symbol: D
Also called aminosuccinic acid.


Origin:
1830–40; aspar(agus) + -tic

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aspartic acid (əˈspɑːtɪk)
 
n
a nonessential amino acid that is a component of proteins and acts as a neurotransmitter
 
[C19: from aspar(agus) + -ic]

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aspartic acid as·par·tic ac·id (ə-spär'tĭk)
n.
Abbr. Asp
One of the nonessential amino acids that occur in proteins. Also called alpha-aminosuccinic acid.

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aspartic acid   (ə-spär'tĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
A nonessential amino acid. Chemical formula: C4H7NO4. See more at amino acid.
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