taurine

adjective
tau·​rine | \ ˈtȯ-ˌrīn How to pronounce taurine (audio) \

Definition of taurine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to a bull : bovine

taurine

noun
tau·​rine | \ ˈtȯ-ˌrēn How to pronounce taurine (audio) \

Definition of taurine (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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)

Examples of taurine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lightly carbonated, the energy drink contains caffeine, B vitamins, ginseng, guarana and taurine. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Amazon’s latest deals include everyday essentials, sales on baby, house, food, pet products," 13 Aug. 2020 But at Freeman’s clinic in Massachusetts, 90 percent of the dogs with DCM have normal taurine levels. Linda Carroll, NBC News, "'It's not going away': Vets still seeing cases of dog heart problems linked to grain-free food," 27 Dec. 2019 YOLO Shots are made with caffeine-deprived from organic green coffee beans, ginseng, taurine, vitamins B12 and B6, and of course, CBD. Allure, "Sunday Scaries Just Launched CBD-Infused Energy Shots," 7 Aug. 2019 Other challenging nutrients are vitamin D, vitamin B12 and taurine - an amino acid found in mammalian tissues (humans and dogs can synthesize it from plant sources). Marta Zaraska, chicagotribune.com, "Be leery about vegetarian diets for your pets," 10 July 2019 These places are filling stations for the body, where tired drivers can replenish with water, caffeine, taurine, and nicotine or indulge in sugar or salt without judgment, because diets don’t apply here. Tony Rehagen, BostonGlobe.com, "Farewell to hot dog rollers and roadside chats: an elegy for the American gas station," 11 July 2019 All were fine in terms of vitamin B12; as for taurine, three cats were found deficient. Marta Zaraska, chicagotribune.com, "Be leery about vegetarian diets for your pets," 10 July 2019 Four Loko does not contain caffeine, taurine or guarana. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Actually Happens When You Combine Alcohol and Caffeine?," 29 June 2018 The heart muscle, specifically, supplies critical amino acids like carnitine and taurine. + Chicken gizzards. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "4 Holistic Vets Reveal Exactly What They Feed Their Dogs," 5 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of taurine

Adjective

1613, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for taurine

Adjective

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

Noun

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

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“Taurine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taurine. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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taurine

noun
tau·​rine | \ ˈtȯ-ˌrēn How to pronounce taurine (audio) \

Medical Definition of taurine

: 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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