cre·​a·​tine | \ ˈkrē-ə-ˌtēn How to pronounce creatine (audio) , -tᵊn \

Definition of creatine

: a white crystalline nitrogenous substance C4H9N3O2 found especially in the muscles of vertebrates either free or as phosphocreatine also : a synthetic usually hydrated form of creatine taken especially as a dietary supplement

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Recent Examples on the Web In addition to electrolytes and vitamins, Ultra contains creatine, which can be consumed as a supplement. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Powerade is getting a makeover for the first time in more than a decade," 16 Jan. 2020 But creatine has also been investigated as potential a nootropic. Nutrition Diva Monica Reinagel, Scientific American, "Is a Vegetarian Diet Bad for Your Brain?," 2 Aug. 2019 HCAs form when amino acids and creatine, a chemical found in animal muscles, react at high cooking temperatures. Alix Wall,, "Some much-loved American Jewish classic foods may increase risk of cancer," 10 July 2019 Years later, his organs would start to shut down as his creatine levels dropped. Bree Burkitt,, "A frantic call, a final standoff: 'Please don't hurt him. He just needs help'," 19 June 2019 Teens and creatine One dietary supplement that can be particularly problematic for kids and teens is creatine, experts say. NBC News, "Teenagers can be seriously harmed by dietary supplements," 5 June 2019 Liquid creatine usually falls short, Cooperman says. Peter Andrey Smith, Outside Online, "Don't Trust the Label on Your Supplements," 5 July 2018 There was also creatine in the room, which dealers use to cut cocaine. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Cop ‘didn’t want to believe’ boyfriend sold crack. Drug scale by her bed was a clue, N.Y. cops say," 12 June 2018 Before the puck dropped, the Las Vegas band rolled out onto the ice to perform one of their ubiquitous songs that sounds like AC/DC had a kid with Fall Out Boy, and then that kid got really into lifting and ingesting creatine. Charlotte Wilder,, "Imagine Dragons Fires Up Hometown Crowd Before Game 2 of Stanley Cup Final," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of creatine

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for creatine

French créatine, from Greek kreat-, kreas flesh — more at raw

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The first known use of creatine was in 1840

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8 Feb 2020

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“Creatine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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cre·​atine | \ ˈkrē-ə-ˌtēn, -ət-ᵊn How to pronounce creatine (audio) \

Medical Definition of creatine

: a white crystalline nitrogenous substance C4H9N3O2 found especially in vertebrate muscle either free or as phosphocreatine

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