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aspartate vs. aspartic acid

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  1. a salt or ester formed from aspartic acid.
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  1. a nonessential amino acid, C4H7NO4, produced by the hydrolysis of asparagine and proteins, found chiefly in young sugarcane and sugar-beet molasses, and used in the preparation of culture media and as a dietary supplement. Abbreviation: Asp; Symbol: D

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