from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or resembling a bull.
- n. A colorless crystalline substance, C2H7NO3S, formed by the hydrolysis of taurocholic acid and found in the fluids of the muscles and lungs of many animals.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Pertaining to a bull; bull-like.
- n. An amino-sulfonic acid, NH2CH2CH2SO3H, that has regulatory functions in mammals.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the genus Taurus, or cattle.
- n. A chemical compound occurring in small quantity in the juices of muscle, in the lungs, and elsewhere, but especially in the bile, where it is found as a component part of taurocholic acid, from which it can be prepared by decomposition of the acid. It crystallizes in colorless, regular six-sided prisms, and is especially characterized by containing both nitrogen and sulphur, being chemically amido-isethionic acid, C2H7NSO3.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to a bull; having the character of a bull; bovine; bull-like.
- Relating to the zodiacal sign Taurus; especially, belonging to the period of time (from about 4500 to 1900 b. c.) during which the sun was in Taurus at the vernal equinox: as, the taurine religions; the taurine myths.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to or resembling a bull
- n. a colorless crystalline substance obtained from the bile of mammals
-- Liebig states that asparagus contains, in common with tea and coffee, a principle which he calls taurine, and which he considers essential to the health of those who do not take strong exercise.
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For example, another key amino-acid helper called taurine boosts the production of GABA and helps relax the nervous system.
With the energy drinks, it seems to be more a combination of caffeine and taurine, which is one of the amino acids.
Nutritionally, this has a good amount of protein in addition to being low in ash and containing taurine, which is important to a cat's eyesight.
Plus, those drinks often have a slew of other ingredients of dubious value, such as taurine, l-carnitine, guarana also a source of caffeine, and glucuronolactone.
But caffeine is only part of the story since many of the drinks contain additives that act like caffeine such as taurine, an amino acid, and guarana, an herbal product.
Beyond that, she says, the drinks commonly contain an amino acid such as taurine or L-carnitine, herbs (gingko biloba, ginseng) and vitamins (particularly B vitamins).
Caffeinated alcohol drinks boast exotic-sounding ingredients such as taurine, guarana
For example, the amino acid taurine, which is vital to a cat’s growth and well-being, is an excellent case in point.
She recommends a diet that's high in proteins -- particularly those with amino acids, such as taurine, arginine and carnitine -- and relatively low in carbohydrates.