Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

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  • noun biochemistry A nonessential amino acid, L-α-amino-succinic acid, (C4H7NO4), found in animal protein and in sugar beet etc.

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

Etymologies

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

[From asparagus (from its being obtained from an amino acid found in asparagus).]

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