- of, relating to, or resembling a bull.
- pertaining to the zodiacal sign Taurus.
Origin of taurine1
- a neutral crystalline substance, C2H7NO3S, obtained from bile.
Origin of taurine2
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- of, relating to, or resembling a bull
C17: from Latin taurīnus, from taurus a bull
- a derivative of the amino acid, cysteine, obtained from the bile of animals; 2-aminoethanesulphonic acid. Formula: NH 2 CH 2 CH 2 SO 3 H
C19: from tauro- (as in taurocholic acid, so called because discovered in ox bile) + -ine ²
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Word Origin and History for taurine
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- A colorless crystalline substance formed by the hydrolysis of taurocholic acid and found in the fluids of the muscles and lungs of many animals.
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