Definition of aspartic acid in English:

aspartic acid

Line breaks: as¦par|tic acid
Pronunciation: /əˈspɑːtɪk
 
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noun

[mass noun] Biochemistry
  • An acidic amino acid which is a constituent of most proteins, and also occurs in sugar cane. It is important in the metabolism of nitrogen in animals, and also acts as a neurotransmitter.
    • Chemical formula: COOHCH2CH(NH2)COOH
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    • Infusion of the amino acids lysine and arginine, but not aspartic acid or glutamic acid, have been shown to stimulate the release of insulin in horses.
    • Carefully read food labels to see where you might be unknowingly ingesting aspartame; manufacturers sometimes list it as its components, the amino acids aspartic acid and phenylalanine.
    • Aspartame is an odorless, white crystalline powder derived from two amino acids, aspartic acid and phenylalanine.

Origin

mid 19th century: aspartic from French aspartique, formed arbitrarily from Latin asparagus (see asparagus).

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