- an essential amino acid, (C8H6N)CH2CH(NH2)COOH, colorless, crystalline, and aromatic, released from proteins by tryptic digestion and a precursor of serotonin. Abbreviation: Trp; Symbol: W
Also tryp·to·phane [trip-tuh-feyn] /ˈtrɪp təˌfeɪn/.
Origin of tryptophan
1900–05; trypto- (irregular combining form representing Greek trīptós rubbed) + -phan(e)
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Examples from the Web for tryptophan
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To be sure, tryptophan as a white pill, not a slab of white meat, is used by some as a sleeping aid.
So tryptophan at pretty big doses is a routine part of being a human on planet Earth.
Probably not—the tryptophan story provides us with the perfect cover for the real reason we so love the holiday.
The premise is this: turkey is chock-full of a soporific essential amino acid, tryptophan, one of the 22 essential amino acids.
A test for the production of tryptophan was reported positive.
Trypsin: solution of small shreds of fresh fibrin in neutral and alkaline media, and tryptophan test.
- an essential amino acid; a component of proteins necessary for growth
C20: from trypt (ic) + -o + -phan variant of -phane
Word Origin and History for tryptophan
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An essential amino acid formed from proteins during the digestive process by the action of proteolytic enzymes.
- An essential amino acid. Chemical formula: C11H12N2O2. See more at amino acid.
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