[ ahr-juh-neen, -nahyn, -nin ]
/ ˈɑr dʒəˌnin, -ˌnaɪn, -nɪn /
an essential amino acid, C6H14N4O2: the free amino acid increases insulin secretion and is converted to urea in the liver by arginase. Abbreviation: Arg; Symbol: R
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Origin of arginine
First recorded in 1885–90, arginine is from the German word Arginin, a name unexplained by its originators
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Example sentences from the Web for arginine
In vertebrates, the basis for the phosphoric acid is creatine, whereas invertebrates have arginine instead.
British Dictionary definitions for arginine
/ (ˈɑːdʒɪˌnaɪn) /
an essential amino acid of plant and animal proteins, necessary for nutrition and for the production of excretory urea
Word Origin for arginine
C19: from German Arginin, of uncertain origin
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Medical definitions for arginine
[ är′jə-nēn′ ]
An amino acid obtained from the hydrolysis or digestion of plant and animal protein.
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Scientific definitions for arginine
[ är′jə-nēn′ ]
An amino acid that is essential for children but not for adults. Chemical formula: C6H14N4O2.
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