choline

noun
cho·​line | \ ˈkō-ˌlēn How to pronounce choline (audio) \

Definition of choline

: a basic compound C5H14NO that is found in various foods (such as egg yolks and legumes) or is synthesized in the liver, that is a component of lecithin and a precursor of acetylcholine, and that is essential to the metabolism of fat in the liver and is usually included in the vitamin B complex

Examples of choline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Converting your pool to use Biguanide in place of choline is not quite as easy as saltwater, but still possible. Jada Jackson, House Beautiful, 11 May 2021 Shrimp are a super source of additional vitamins and minerals including: selenium, vitamin B12, phosphorus, choline copper, and iodine. Jennifer Nelson, Southern Living, 17 Apr. 2021 Plus, eggs are full of choline, a nutrient that helps block fat from being absorbed in the liver, and has been linked to preventing memory loss. CNN, 30 Mar. 2021 Health concerns associated with excess choline chloride (a vitamin-like substance) include nausea, drooling, diarrhea, vomiting and more severe signs such as tremors, irregular heartbeat and difficulty breathing. Star Tribune, 7 Aug. 2020 Bull also lists liver, meats, fish and dairy as great sources of choline. Nicole Clancy, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 June 2020 Because choline helps produce the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which aids mental focus, deficiencies can lead to compromised brain function, Bull explains. Nicole Clancy, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 June 2020 CarryOn aims to offer more functional benefits by blending CBD with ingredients of choline, L-theanine, and vitamins C and E, while keeping its products under 10 calories and two grams of sugar per serving. Rachel King, Fortune, 5 June 2020 The veggie’s choline, roughly 10% of the daily goal per cup, plays a role in sleep, memory, and learning and muscle movement. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of choline

circa 1871, in the meaning defined above

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“Choline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/choline. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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choline

noun
cho·​line | \ ˈkō-ˌlēn How to pronounce choline (audio) \

Medical Definition of choline

: a basic compound C5H14NO that is found in various foods (as egg yolk and legumes) or is synthesized in the liver and that is a component of lecithin, is a precursor of acetylcholine, and is essential to liver function

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