carnitine

noun car·ni·tine \ ˈkär-nə-ˌtēn \

Definition of carnitine

:a quaternary ammonium compound C7H15NO3 that is present especially in vertebrate muscle, that in the levorotatory form is involved in the transfer of fatty acids across mitochondrial membranes, and in humans is obtained from food (such as meat or milk) or is synthesized chiefly in the liver and kidneys from a lysine derivative

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Origin and Etymology of carnitine

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin carn-, caro


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carnitine

noun car·ni·tine \ ˈkär-nə-ˌtēn \

medical Definition of carnitine

:a quaternary ammonium compound C7H15NO3 that is present especially in vertebrate muscle, is involved in the transfer of fatty acids across mitochondrial membranes, and in humans is obtained from food (as meat or milk) or is synthesized from a lysine derivative

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