spermine

[ spur-meen, -min ]
/ ˈspɜr min, -mɪn /

noun Biochemistry.

a polyamine, H2N(CH2)3NH(CH2)4NH(CH2)3NH2, formed from spermidine and occurring in all cells, especially prevalent in semen, sputum, pancreatic tissue, and certain yeasts.

Origin of spermine

First recorded in 1890–95; sperm- + -ine2
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British Dictionary definitions for spermine

spermine

/ (ˈspɜːmiːn, -mɪn) /

noun

a white or colourless basic water-soluble amine that is found in semen, sputum, and animal tissues; diaminopropyltetramethylenediamine. Formula: C 10 H 26 N 4

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