[ uh-spar-uh-jeen, -jin ]
/ əˈspær əˌdʒin, -dʒɪn /


a white, crystalline, amino acid, NH2COCH2CH(NH2)COOH, soluble in water, obtained from certain plants, especially legumes, and used chiefly as a nutrient in culture media for certain bacteria. Abbreviation: Asn; Symbol: N

Origin of asparagine

From French, dating back to 1805–15; see origin at asparagus, -ine2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for asparagine

/ (əˈspærəˌdʒiːn, -dʒɪn) /


a nonessential amino acid, a component of proteins

Word Origin for asparagine

C19: from French, from Latin asparagus asparagus + -ine ²
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Medical definitions for asparagine

[ ə-spărə-jēn′ ]


An amino acid found in proteins that is the beta-amide of aspartic acid.asparamide
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Scientific definitions for asparagine

[ ə-spărə-jēn′ ]

A nonessential amino acid. Chemical formula: C4H8N2O3. See more at amino acid.
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