- an amino acid, C4H9N3O2, that is a constituent of the muscles of vertebrates and is phosphorylated to store energy used for muscular contraction.
Origin of creatine
1830–40; creat- (< Greek kreat-, stem of kréas) flesh + -ine2
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In vertebrates, the basis for the phosphoric acid is creatine, whereas invertebrates have arginine instead.
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
- an important metabolite involved in many biochemical reactions and present in many types of living cells
Word Origin for creatine
C19: creat- from Greek kreas flesh + -ine ²
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- 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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- 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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