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- n. A crystalline nitrogenous substance formed from hippuric acid by boiling with hydrochloric acid, and present in bile united with cholic acid; amido-acetic acid.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A crystalline, nitrogenous substance, with a sweet taste, formed from hippuric acid by boiling with hydrochloric acid, and present in bile united with cholic acid. It is also formed from gelatin by decomposition with acids. Chemically, it is amido-acetic acid. Called also glycin, and glycocin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Amido-acetic acid (CH2.NH2.COOH), a substance having weak acid and also basic properties, formed when gelatin or various other animal substances are boiled with acids or alkalis. It is a crystalline solid having a sweetish taste. Also called glycin, glycocin, and gelatin sugar.
Ancient Greek sweet + glue. (Wiktionary)