aspartic acid

[ uh-spahr-tik ]

  1. a nonessential amino acid, C4H7NO4, produced by the hydrolysis of asparagine and proteins, found chiefly in young sugarcane and sugar-beet molasses, and used in the preparation of culture media and as a dietary supplement. Abbreviation: Asp; Symbol: D

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Origin of aspartic acid

First recorded in 1830–40; aspar(agus) + -tic

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British Dictionary definitions for aspartic acid

aspartic acid

/ (əˈspɑːtɪk) /

  1. a nonessential amino acid that is a component of proteins and acts as a neurotransmitter

Origin of aspartic acid

C19: from aspar (agus) + -ic

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Scientific definitions for aspartic acid

aspartic acid

[ ə-spärtĭk ]

  1. A nonessential amino acid. Chemical formula: C4H7NO4. See more at amino acid.

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