arginine


ar·gi·nine

noun \ˈär-jə-ˌnēn\

Definition of ARGININE

:  a crystalline basic amino acid C6H14N4O2 derived from guanidine

Origin of ARGININE

German Arginin
First Known Use: 1886

ar·gi·nine

noun \ˈär-jə-ˌnēn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ARGININE

: a crystalline basic amino acid C6H14N4O2 derived from guanidine—abbreviation Arg

arginine

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

One of the essential amino acids, particularly abundant in histones and other proteins associated with nucleic acids. It plays an important metabolic role in the synthesis of urea, the principal form in which mammals excrete nitrogen compounds. Arginine is used in medicine and biochemical research, in pharmaceuticals, and as a dietary supplement.

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