- any of several isomers of a colorless, crystalline, water-soluble amino acid, CH3CH(NH2)COOH, found in many proteins and produced synthetically: used chiefly in biochemical research. Abbreviation: Ala; Symbol: A
Origin of alanine
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- a nonessential aliphatic amino acid that occurs in many proteins
Word Origin for alanine
C19: from German Alanin, from al (dehyde) + -an- (euphonic infix) + -in -ine ²
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- A crystalline amino acid that is a constituent of many proteins.
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- A nonessential amino acid. Chemical formula: C3H7NO2. See more at amino acid.
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