Definition of glycine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡlīsēn/


The simplest naturally occurring amino acid. It is a constituent of most proteins.
  • Chemical formula: H2NCH2COOH.
Example sentences
  • Also, a combination of the amino acids glycine, alanine and glutamic acid can relieve symptoms of prostatitis.
  • These are the proteins cysteine, glycine, glutamic acid and the antioxidant metal selenium.
  • All of these silks are composed of protein chains in which the amino acids glycine, alanine, and serine dominate.


Mid 19th century: from Greek glukus 'sweet' + -ine4.

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Syllabification: gly·cine

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