as·​par·​a·​gine | \ ə-ˈsper-ə-ˌjēn How to pronounce asparagine (audio) , -ˈspa-rə- \

Definition of asparagine

: a nonessential amino acid C4H8N2O3 that is an amide of aspartic acid

Examples of asparagine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rothamsted Research this month applied for a permit to field test wheat edited to contain less asparagine, an amino acid that becomes the carcinogen acrylamide when baked. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, 26 May 2021 And removing asparagine, an amino acid abundant in asparagus, from mouse diets curbed the spread of metastatic breast cancer, suggesting the diet could enhance drug treatments. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, 1 Apr. 2021 When food is cooked at very high heat, an amino acid called asparagine can react with sugars to produce acrylamide. Alix Wall,, 10 July 2019 All are among foods with high levels of asparagine, an amino acid researchers suggest is associated with spreading cancer. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, 8 Feb. 2018 Acrylamide is the product of a chemical reaction that happens between certain sugars and the amino acid asparagine when the food is heated. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 30 Mar. 2018 Fruits and vegetables contain low levels of asparagine. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, 8 Feb. 2018 The amino acid asparagine was named after asparagus, thanks to its abundance in the vegetable’s juice, where it was first discovered. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 May 2017

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First Known Use of asparagine

1808, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for asparagine

French, from Latin asparagus

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The first known use of asparagine was in 1808

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6 Jun 2021

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“Asparagine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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as·​par·​a·​gine | \ ə-ˈspar-ə-ˌjēn How to pronounce asparagine (audio) \

Medical Definition of asparagine

: a white crystalline amino acid C4H8N2O3 that is an amide of aspartic acid abbreviation Asn

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