alanine

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al·a·nine

noun \ˈa-lə-ˌnēn\

Definition of ALANINE

:  a simple nonessential crystalline amino acid C3H7NO2

Origin of ALANINE

German Alanin, irregular from Aldehyd aldehyde
First Known Use: 1850

al·a·nine

noun \ˈal-ə-ˌnēn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ALANINE

: a simple nonessential crystalline amino acid C3H7NO2 formed especially by the hydrolysis of proteins—abbreviation Ala

alanine

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Either of two organic compounds. Alpha-alanine is one of the nonessential amino acids, found in most proteins and particularly abundant in fibroin, the protein in silk. It is used in research and as a dietary supplement. Beta-alanine is a naturally occurring amino acid not found in proteins. It is an important constituent of the vitamin pantothenic acid and is used in its synthesis, as well as in biochemical research, electroplating, and organic synthesis.

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