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Meaning of ornithine

or•ni•thine

Pronunciation: (ôr'nu-thēn"), [key]
— n. Biochem.
  1. an amino acid, HN(CH)CH(NH)COOH, obtained by the hydrolysis of arginine and occurring as an intermediate compound in the urea cycle of mammals.
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