Definition of asparagine in English:


Syllabification: as·par·a·gine
Pronunciation: /əˈsparəˌjēn, -jin


  • A hydrophilic amino acid that is a constituent of most proteins.
    • An amide of aspartic acid; chemical formula: CONH2CH2CH(NH2)COOH
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    • In 1806, French chemist, Louis-Nicolas Vauquelin, isolated a compound in asparagus that proved to be the amino acid, asparagine.
    • The concentration of both glutamine and asparagine, the most abundant of the specific amino acids, declined rapidly during phase 1 after defoliation.
    • Instead these domains tend to be enriched with polar amino acids, such as glutamine and asparagine.


early 19th century: from asparagus (which contains it) + -ine4.

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