[ loo-seen, -sin ]
/ ˈlu sin, -sɪn /
a white, crystalline, water-soluble amino acid, C6H13NO2, obtained by the decomposition of proteins and made synthetically: essential in the nutrition of humans and animals. Abbreviation: Leu; Symbol: L
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An experiment carried out as above without any addition of leucine gave 9732 grams of alcohol containing 040 per cent.Alcoholic Fermentation|Arthur Harden
British Dictionary definitions for leucine
/ (ˈluːsiːn) /
an essential amino acid found in many proteins
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Medicine definitions for leucine
[ lōō′sēn′ ]
An essential amino acid derived from the hydrolysis of protein by pancreatic enzymes during digestion and necessary for optimal growth in infants and children and for the maintenance of nitrogen balance in adults.
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Science definitions for leucine
[ lōō′sēn′ ]
An essential amino acid. Chemical formula: C6H13NO2. See more at amino acid.
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