Definitions

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

  • noun A white crystalline amino acid, C9H11NO3, that is obtained from the hydrolysis of proteins such as casein and is a precursor of epinephrine, thyroxine, and melanin.

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  • noun biochemistry A nonessential amino acid C9H11NO3 found in most animal proteins, especially casein.

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  • noun an amino acid found in most proteins; a precursor of several hormones

Etymologies

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

[Greek tūros, cheese; see teuə- in Indo-European roots + –ine.]

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Ancient Greek cheese.

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