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An amino acid, C6H14N4O2, obtained from the hydrolysis or digestion of plant and animal protein.
(Biochemistry) an essential amino acid of plant and animal proteins, necessary for nutrition and for the production of excretory urea
[C19: from German Arginin, of uncertain origin]
ar•gi•nine(ˈɑr dʒəˌnin, -ˌnaɪn, -nɪn)
an essential amino acid, C6H14N4O2: the free amino acid increases insulin secretion. Abbr.: Arg; Symbol: R
[1885–90; < German Arginin]
An essential amino acid. See more at amino acid.
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|Noun||1.||arginine - a bitter tasting amino acid found in proteins and necessary for nutrition; its absence from the diet leads to a reduced production of spermatozoa|
essential amino acid - an amino acid that is required by animals but that they cannot synthesize; must be supplied in the diet