from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A white crystallizable substance, formula C4H8N2O3, contained in the root of the marsh-mallow, Althæa officinalis, and of asparagus: identical with asparagin (which see).
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Asparagin also bears the chemical name of "althein," and occurs in crystals, which may be reduced to powder, and which may likewise be got from the roots of marsh mallow, and liquorice.
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