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serine

[ ser-een, -in, seer- ]
/ ˈsɛr in, -ɪn, ˈsɪər- /
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noun Biochemistry.
a crystalline amino acid, HOCH2CH(NH2)COOH, found in many proteins and obtained by the hydrolysis of sericin, the protein constituting silk gum. Abbreviation: Ser; Symbol: S
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Origin of serine

First recorded in 1875–80; ser(um) + -ine2
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British Dictionary definitions for serine

serine
/ (ˈsɛriːn, ˈsɪəriːn, -rɪn) /

noun
a sweet-tasting amino acid that is synthesized in the body and is involved in the synthesis of cysteine; 2-amino-3-hydroxypropanoic acid. Formula: CH 2 (OH)CH(NH 2)COOH

Word Origin for serine

C19: from sericin + -ine ²
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Medical definitions for serine

serine
[ sĕrēn′ ]

n.
An amino acid that is a common constituent of many proteins.
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Scientific definitions for serine

serine
[ sĕrēn′ ]

A nonessential amino acid. Chemical formula: C3H7NO3. See more at amino acid.
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