Definition of asparagine in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈsperəjēn/
Pronunciation: /əˈsperəjən/


A hydrophilic amino acid that is a constituent of most proteins.
  • An amide of aspartic acid; chemical formula: CONH2CH2CH(NH2)COOH.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: as·par·a·gine

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