from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A crystalline amino acid, C4H8N2O3, found in many proteins, and present in large amounts in some plants, such as asparagus, that is easily hydrolyzed to aspartic acid.
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- n. A nonessential amino acid C4H8N2O3 found in plants such as asparagus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A white, nitrogenous, crystallizable substance, C4H8N2O3+H2O, found in many plants, and first obtained from asparagus. It is believed to aid in the disposition of nitrogenous matter throughout the plant; -- called also altheine.
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- n. a crystalline amino acid found in proteins and in many plants (e.g., asparagus)
asparag(us) + -ine2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)