leucine


leu·cine

noun \ˈlü-ˌsēn\

Definition of LEUCINE

:  a white crystalline essential amino acid C6H13NO2 obtained by the hydrolysis of most dietary proteins

Origin of LEUCINE

French, from leuc- leuk-
First Known Use: 1826

leu·cine

noun \ˈlü-ˌsēn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of LEUCINE

: a white crystalline essential amino acid C6H13NO2 obtained by the hydrolysis of most dietary proteins—abbreviation Leu

leucine

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

One of the essential amino acids, present in most common proteins and particularly abundant in hemoglobin. One of the first amino acids discovered (1819), it is used in biochemical research and as a nutritional supplement.

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