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Noun1.canavanine - an amino acid found in the jack bean
amino acid, aminoalkanoic acid - organic compounds containing an amino group and a carboxylic acid group; "proteins are composed of various proportions of about 20 common amino acids"
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Serotype differentiation of the C neoformans yeasts was performed by using the canavanine glycine bromothymol blue agar.
Recent (Western) research has shown that the shrub contains an amino acid that fights depression, pinitol (which helps patients to gain weight), and canavanine (which is successful in treating retroviruses).