Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A nonessential amino acid, C4H7NO4, found especially in young sugar cane and sugar-beet molasses.

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  • n. A nonessential amino acid, L-╬▒-amino-succinic acid, (C4H7NO4), found in animal protein and in sugar beet etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a crystalline amino acid found in proteins and occurring naturally in sugar beets and sugar cane

Etymologies

From asparagus (from its being obtained from an amino acid found in asparagus).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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