asparagine[as par′ə jēn′, -per′-; -jin′]
a nonessential amino acid, NHCOCHCH(NH)COOH
Origin of asparagineFrench ; from Classical Latin asparagus (see asparagus) + French -ine, -ine
A crystalline amino acid, C4H8N2O3, found in many proteins, and present in large amounts in some plants, such as asparagus, that is easily hydrolyzed to aspartic acid.
Origin of asparagineasparag(us) + –ine2.