Definition of glutamic acid in English:

glutamic acid

Line breaks: glu|tam¦ic acid
Pronunciation: /gluːˈtamɪk


[mass noun] Biochemistry
  • An acidic amino acid which is a constituent of many proteins.
    • Chemical formula: HOOC(CH2)2(NH2)COOH
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    • There are nine such amino acids: lysine, asparagine, aspartic acid, glutamine, glutamic acid, histidine, tyrosine, cysteine, and phenylalanine.
    • The biosynthesis of GSH depends on the linking and the availability of its constituent amino acids cysteine, glutamic acid, and glycine.
    • These results confirm previous reports, showing developmental proteins to be enriched for simple sequences composed primarily of alanine, glutamic acid, glycine, proline, glutamine, or serine.


late 19th century: from gluten + amine + -ic.

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