citrulline

noun
cit·​rul·​line | \ˈsi-trə-ˌlēn \

Definition of citrulline 

: a crystalline amino acid C6H13N3O3 formed especially as an intermediate in the conversion of ornithine to arginine

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What’s more, watermelon has an amino acid called l-citrulline, which may diminish muscle soreness after intense exercise. NBC News, "8 summer superfoods to eat after a tough workout," 11 July 2018 Most notably, citrulline converts to arginine, which is vital to the heart and improves circulation, according to Texas A&M's Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center. Rebecca Shinners, Country Living, "Here's Why You Should Be Eating Watermelon Rind," 2 June 2017 Recent research also suggests that inside the rind there are high doses of citrulline, a compound linked to a range of benefits. Rebecca Shinners, Country Living, "Here's Why You Should Be Eating Watermelon Rind," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of citrulline

1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for citrulline

International Scientific Vocabulary, from New Latin Citrullus, genus name of the watermelon

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citrulline

noun
cit·​rul·​line | \ˈsi-trə-ˌlēn; si-ˈtrəl-ˌēn, -ən \

Medical Definition of citrulline 

: a crystalline amino acid C6H13N3O3 formed especially as an intermediate in the conversion of ornithine to arginine in the living system

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