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taurine

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adjective tau·rine \ˈtȯ-ˌrīn\

Definition of taurine

  1. :  of or relating to a bull :  bovine

Origin and Etymology of taurine

Latin taurinus, from taurus bull; akin to Greek tauros bull, Middle Irish tarb


First Known Use: 1613


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noun tau·rine \ˈtȯ-ˌrēn\

Definition of taurine

  1. :  a crystalline acid C2H7NO3S that is synthesized in the body from cysteine and methionine, is similar to amino acids but is not a component of proteins, and is involved in various physiological functions (such as bile acid conjugation and cell membrane stabilization)

Origin and Etymology of taurine

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin taurus; from its having been discovered in ox bile


First Known Use: 1845


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taurine

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noun tau·rine \ˈtȯ-ˌrēn\

Medical Definition of taurine

  1. :  a colorless crystalline acid C2H7NO3S that is synthesized in the body from cysteine and methionine, is similar to amino acids but is not a component of proteins, and is involved in various physiological functions (as bile acid conjugation and cell membrane stabilization)


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