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Of, relating to, or resembling a bull.
An amino acid, C2H7NO3S, not found in proteins, that is synthesized in the liver from cysteine, is found in bile and other body fluids and tissues, and has a variety of physiological functions.
(Zoology) of, relating to, or resembling a bull
[C17: from Latin taurīnus, from taurus a bull]
(Elements & Compounds) a derivative of the amino acid, cysteine, obtained from the bile of animals; 2-aminoethanesulphonic acid. Formula: NH2CH2CH2SO3H
[C19: from tauro- (as in taurocholic acid, so called because discovered in ox bile) + -ine2]
tau•rine1(ˈtɔr aɪn, -ɪn)
1. of or resembling a bull.
2. pertaining to the zodiacal sign Taurus.
[1605–15; < Latin taurīnus, derivative of taur(us) a bull]
tau•rine2(ˈtɔr in, -ɪn)
a neutral crystalline substance, C2H7NO3S, obtained from bile.
[1835–45; <Latin taur(us) or Greek taûr(os) bull + -ine2; the substance was orig. obtained from ox bile]
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|Noun||1.||taurine - a colorless crystalline substance obtained from the bile of mammals|
|Adj.||1.||taurine - of or relating to or resembling a bull|