theanine

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noun the·a·nine \ ˈthē-ə-ˌnēn \
variants: or L-theanine play \ˈel-ˈthē-ə-ˌnēn\

Definition of theanine

:an amino acid C7H14N2O3 found especially in green tea and used as a dietary supplement
  • Green tea, which is rich in a depression-fighting amino acid called theanine, has previously been lauded for its health benefits.
  • —Camilla Turner

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First Known Use of theanine

1950


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