[val-een, -in, vey-leen, -lin]
- an essential amino acid, (CH3)2CHCH(NH2)COOH, white, crystalline, and water-soluble, present in most plant and animal proteins, required for growth. Abbreviation: Val; Symbol: V
Origin of valine
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- an essential amino acid; a component of proteins
C19: from val (eric acid) + -ine ²
- An essential amino acid that is a constituent of proteins, especially fibrous proteins.
- An essential amino acid. Chemical formula: C5H11NO2. See more at amino acid.
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