from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An essential amino acid, C6H14N2O2, obtained by the hydrolysis of proteins and required by the body for optimum growth.
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- n. An essential amino acid C6H14N2O2.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A colorless compound, CH2 (NH2) CH2CH2CH2CH (NH2)COOH, formed by the action of dilute acids or of trypsin on albuminous substances of both vegetable and animal origin. It crystallizes in slender needles and forms salts with both acids and bases. Also called α-ϵ-diaminocapric acid.
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- n. an essential amino acid found in proteins; occurs especially in gelatin and casein
From lysis in reference to its tendency to participate in catalysis. (Wiktionary)