[sahr-kuh-seen, -sin]

noun Chemistry.

a crystalline compound, C3H7NO2, with a sweet taste, soluble in water, slightly soluble in alcohol: used in the manufacture of toothpaste, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals.

Origin of sarcosine

< German Sarkosin (1847), apparently irregular derivative from Greek sárx, stem sark- flesh, and German -in -ine2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for sarcosine


[särkə-sēn′, -sĭn]


An amino acid made synthetically or formed naturally during the decomposition of creatine.
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