Definitions

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

  • n. A nitrogenous organic acid, C4H9N3O2, that is found in the muscle tissue of vertebrates mainly in the form of phosphocreatine and supplies energy for muscle contraction.

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  • n. An amino acid 2-(carbamimidoyl-methyl- amino)acetic acid which naturally occurs in vertebrates and helps to supply energy to muscle and nerve cells

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A neutral crystallizable organic substance (C4H9N3O2) obtained from muscular tissue. See extract under creatinine. Also spelled creatin, kreatin.

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

  • n. an amino acid that does not occur in proteins but is found in the muscle tissue of vertebrates both in the free form and as phosphocreatine; supplies energy for muscle contraction

Etymologies

French créatine : from Greek kreas, kreat-, flesh.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Players showed high levels of an enzyme called creatine kinase, which is a sign of vigorous exercise.

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  • Although muscle damage is usually associated with elevated levels of an enzyme called creatine phosphokinase, the CMAJ research shows that's not always the case.

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  • While working in the fitness industry I read somewhere that creatine, which is meant to allow you to work out longer without fatigue or cramping, simply forces your body to absorb water.

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  • Subbarao purified a molecule called ATP, the source of energy in all living beings ATP carries chemical “energy” in the cell, and another molecule called creatine, the energy carrier in muscle cells.

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  • And he said his son had also taken creatine, which is a supplement used to stimulate muscle growth.

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  • They do, however, legally obtain, and often use in prodigious amounts, a product known as creatine phosphate, which doesn't build muscle, but is believed to boost athletic performance by enhancing cellular-energy production.

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  • I find no evidence of liver disease, and I perform a simple blood test called creatine phosphokinase CPK, or CK.

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  • Men should also be wary of using the much-touted natural supplement known as creatine.

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  • They even confiscated his skipping rope amid concerns that overexertion was contributing to raised levels of a blood enzyme known as creatine kinase CK.

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  • They are products of interaction between amino acids, which are the foundation of proteins, and the chemical creatine, which is stored in muscles.

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