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[kree-uh-teen, -tin]
noun Biochemistry.
  1. an amino acid, C4H9N3O2, that is a constituent of the muscles of vertebrates and is phosphorylated to store energy used for muscular contraction.
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Origin of creatine

1830–40; creat- (< Greek kreat-, stem of kréas) flesh + -ine2
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Historical Examples of creatine

  • In vertebrates, the basis for the phosphoric acid is creatine, whereas invertebrates have arginine instead.

    Smithsonian Institution - United States National Museum - Bulletin 240


  • Creatine and creatinine also seem to lessen in amount, but of the extent of this change I am not as yet fully informed.

    Fat and Blood

    S. Weir Mitchell

British Dictionary definitions for creatine


creatin (ˈkriːətɪn)

  1. an important metabolite involved in many biochemical reactions and present in many types of living cells
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Word Origin for creatine

C19: creat- from Greek kreas flesh + -ine ²
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Word Origin and History for creatine


1834, from French creatine, from Greek kreas "flesh, meat" (see raw) + chemical suffix -ine (2). Organic base discovered by French physicist Michel-Eugène Chevreul (1786-1889) in the juice of flesh and named by him.

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creatine in Medicine


(krēə-tēn′, -tĭn)
  1. A nitrogenous organic acid that is found in the muscle tissue of vertebrates mainly in the form of phosphocreatine and supplies energy for muscle contraction.
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creatine in Science


[krēə-tēn′, -tĭn]
  1. A nitrogenous organic acid that is found in the muscle tissue of vertebrates, mainly combined with phosphorus, and that supplies energy for muscle contraction. Chemical formula: C4H9N3O2.
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