taurine

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[ tawr-ahyn, -in ]

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or resembling a bull.

  2. pertaining to the zodiacal sign Taurus.

Origin of taurine

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From the Latin word taurīnus, dating back to 1605–15. See taur-, -ine1

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Other definitions for taurine (2 of 2)

taurine2
[ tawr-een, -in ]

nounChemistry.
  1. a neutral crystalline substance, C2H7NO3S, obtained from bile.

Origin of taurine

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First recorded in 1835–45; taur(ocholic) + -ine2

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British Dictionary definitions for taurine (1 of 2)

taurine1

/ (ˈtɔːraɪn) /


adjective
  1. of, relating to, or resembling a bull

Origin of taurine

1
C17: from Latin taurīnus, from taurus a bull

British Dictionary definitions for taurine (2 of 2)

taurine2

/ (ˈtɔːriːn, -rɪn) /


noun
  1. a derivative of the amino acid, cysteine, obtained from the bile of animals; 2-aminoethanesulphonic acid. Formula: NH 2 CH 2 CH 2 SO 3 H

Origin of taurine

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C19: from tauro- (as in taurocholic acid, so called because discovered in ox bile) + -ine ²

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