an essential amino acid, C3H3N2CH2CH(NH2)COOH, that is a constituent of proteins and is important as the iron-binding site in hemoglobin. Abbreviation: His; Symbol: H
- Also his·ti·din [his-ti-din]. /ˈhɪs tɪ dɪn/.
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British Dictionary definitions for histidine
a nonessential amino acid that occurs in most proteins: a precursor of histamine
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Scientific definitions for histidine
An amino acid that is essential for children but not for adults. Chemical formula: C6H9N3O2.
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