leucine

noun
leu·​cine | \ ˈlü-ˌsēn How to pronounce leucine (audio) \

Definition of leucine

: 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)

First Known Use of leucine

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for leucine

French, from leuc- leuk-

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leucine

noun
leu·​cine | \ ˈlü-ˌsēn How to pronounce leucine (audio) \

Medical Definition of leucine

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

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