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[loo-seen, -sin] /ˈlu sin, -sɪn/
noun, Biochemistry
a white, crystalline, water-soluble amino acid, C 6 H 13 NO 2 , obtained by the decomposition of proteins and made synthetically: essential in the nutrition of humans and animals. Symbol: L.
Abbreviation: Leu;
Origin of leucine
1820-30; leuc- + -ine1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for leucine
  • leucine aminopeptidase is a protein, called an enzyme, that is normally found in liver cells and cells of the small intestine.
  • leucine aminopeptidase is a protein, called an enzyme, which is normally found in liver cells and cells of the small intestine.
  • So they left out those chemicals and instead added the amino acid leucine to soak up any remaining moisture.
  • The bacteria on our feet consume the amino acid leucine found in sweat.
British Dictionary definitions for leucine


an essential amino acid found in many proteins
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leucine in Medicine

leucine leu·cine (lōō'sēn')
Abbr. Leu
An essential amino acid derived from the hydrolysis of protein by pancreatic enzymes during digestion and necessary for optimal growth in infants and children and for the maintenance of nitrogen balance in adults.

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leucine in Science
An essential amino acid. Chemical formula: C6H13NO2. See more at amino acid.
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