ornithine


or·ni·thine

noun \ˈr-nə-ˌthēn\

Definition of ORNITHINE

:  a crystalline amino acid C5H12N2O2 that functions especially in urea production as a carrier by undergoing conversion to citrulline and then arginine in reaction with ammonia and carbon dioxide followed by recovery along with urea by enzymatic hydrolysis of arginine

Origin of ORNITHINE

International Scientific Vocabulary ornithuric acid (a compound of which ornithine is a component, found in the urine of birds) + 2-ine
First Known Use: 1881

or·ni·thine

noun \ˈr-nə-ˌthēn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ORNITHINE

: a crystalline amino acid C5H12N2O2 that functions especially in urea production as a carrier by undergoing conversion to citrulline and then arginine in reaction with ammonia and carbon dioxide followed by recovery along with urea by enzymatic hydrolysis of arginine

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