[tahy-ruh-seen, -sin, tir-uh-]
- a crystalline amino acid, HOC6H4CH2CH(NH2)COOH, abundant in ripe cheese, that acts as a precursor of norepinephrine and dopamine. Abbreviation: Tyr; Symbol: Y
Origin of tyrosine
1855–60; < Greek tȳrós cheese + -ine2
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- an aromatic nonessential amino acid; a component of proteins. It is a metabolic precursor of thyroxine, the pigment melanin, and other biologically important compounds
C19: from Greek turos cheese + -ine ²
Word Origin and History for tyrosine
amino acid, 1857, coined 1846 by German chemist Baron von Justus Liebig (1802-1873), who had first obtained it a year before, from Greek tyros "cheese" + chemical suffix -ine (2). So called because it was easily obtained from old cheese.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A white crystalline amino acid that is derived from the hydrolysis of proteins such as casein and is a precursor of epinephrine, thyroxine, and melanin.
- A nonessential amino acid. Chemical formula: C9H11NO3. See more at amino acid.