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Meaning of alanine

al•a•nine

Pronunciation: (al'u-nēn", -nin), [key]
— n. Biochem.
  1. any of several isomers of a colorless, crystalline, water-soluble amino acid, CHCH(NH)COOH, found in many proteins and produced synthetically: used chiefly in biochemical research. Abbr.: Ala; Symbol: A
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