Definition of glutamine in English:


Line breaks: glu¦tam|ine
Pronunciation: /ˈgluːtəmiːn


[mass noun] Biochemistry
  • A hydrophilic amino acid which is a constituent of most proteins.
    • An amide of glutamic acid; chemical formula: H2NCOCH2CH2(NH2)COOH
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    • Without adequate amounts of the amino acid glutamine, however, protein synthesis may not occur.
    • The amino acids glutamine and tyrosine will improve concentration, retention and a sense of alertness.
    • Contents of glutamine, asparagine, methionine, and tryptophan in the tissues were not determined by this method.


late 19th century: blend of glutamic acid and amine.

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