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Meaning of phenylalanine

phen•yl•al•a•nine

Pronunciation: (fen"l-al'u-nēn", -nin, fēn"-), [key]
— n. Biochem.
  1. a crystalline, water-soluble, essential amino acid, CHCHCH(NH)COOH, necessary to the nutrition of humans and most animals, obtained chiefly from egg white or skim milk. Abbr.: Phe; Symbol: F&hasp; Also called
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