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aspartic acid

[uh-spahr-tik] /əˈspɑr tɪk/
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. Symbol: D.
Abbreviation: Asp;
Also called aminosuccinic acid.
Origin of aspartic acid
1830-40; aspar(agus) + -tic Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for aspartic-acid

aspartic acid

a nonessential amino acid that is a component of proteins and acts as a neurotransmitter
Word Origin
C19: from aspar(agus) + -ic
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aspartic-acid in Medicine

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

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aspartic-acid in Science
aspartic acid
A nonessential amino acid. Chemical formula: C4H7NO4. See more at amino acid.
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