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carnitine

[kahr-ni-teen] /ˈkɑr nɪˌtin/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
a dipolar compound that occurs in muscle and liver and is involved in the transport of fatty acids across the inner mitochondrial membrane.
Origin of carnitine
1920-1925
1920-25; < German Carnitin, equivalent to Latin carni- (combining form of carō, genitive carnis meat, flesh) + -tin apparently arbitrarily chosen suffix (cf. -in2, -ine2); so called because it was first isolated in meat extract
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carnitine in Medicine

carnitine car·ni·tine (kär'nĭ-tēn')
n.
A betaine commonly occurring in the liver and in skeletal muscle that functions in the transport of fatty acids across mitochondrial membranes.

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carnitine
  (kär'nĭ-tēn')   
A betaine commonly occurring in the liver and in skeletal muscle that is essential for fatty acid transport across mitochondrial membranes. Chemical formula: C7H15NO3.
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