International Scientific Vocabulary, irregular from Latin asparagus
First Known Use: 1863
Medical Definition of ASPARTIC ACID
: a crystalline amino acid C4H7NO4 that is obtained from many proteins by hydrolysis—abbreviation Asp
One of the nonessential amino acids, found in many proteins and closely related to asparagine. It is used in medical and biochemical research, as an organic intermediate, and in various industrial applications. It is one of the two components of aspartame.