as·​par·​tate ə-ˈspär-ˌtāt How to pronounce aspartate (audio)
: a salt or ester of aspartic acid

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For example, while stimming, the brain may release dopamine, glutamate, and aspartate, all providing relief or pleasure. Lauren Rowello, Health, 3 Mar. 2023 Next, this supplement contains both zinc oxide and zinc aspartate. Dallas News, 23 Dec. 2022 This medication, normally used as an anesthetic, blocks the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor, a protein that can regulate many processes, including aspects of the stress response. Debra A. Bangasser, Scientific American, 1 Nov. 2016 But diagnosis of hepatitis often comes only when blood tests reveal elevated levels of liver enzymes, such as aspartate transaminase or alanine aminotransaminase being greater than 500 IU/L. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 This mutation changed the amino acid aspartate (abbreviated as D) at the 614th position in the virus spike protein into glycine (G). Quanta Magazine, 25 Feb. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aspartate was in 1829

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Cite this Entry

“Aspartate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


as·​par·​tate -ˌtāt How to pronounce aspartate (audio)
: a salt or ester of aspartic acid

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