leucine

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noun leu·cine \ˈlü-ˌsēn\

Definition of leucine

  1. :  a white crystalline essential amino acid C6H13NO2 that is obtained by the hydrolysis of dietary protein (as of eggs, soy, or fish) and plays an important role in various physiological functions (as the regulation of insulin secretion and stimulation of protein synthesis in skeletal muscle)

Origin and Etymology of leucine

French, from leuc- leuk-


First Known Use: 1826


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leucine

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noun leu·cine \ˈlü-ˌsēn\

Medical Definition of leucine

  1. :  a white crystalline essential amino acid C6H13NO2 obtained by the hydrolysis of most dietary proteins—abbreviation Leu


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