a sweet nonessential amino acid, CH(NH)COOH: it is the simplest amino acid and does not have mirror image isomeric forms
Origin of glycinefrom Classical Greek glykys, sweet (see glycerin) + -ine
A sweet-tasting crystalline nonessential amino acid, C2H5NO2, that is the principal amino acid occurring in sugarcane. The simplest amino acid found in protein, it is derived from the alkaline hydrolysis of gelatin and used in biochemical research and medicine.
Origin of glycineglyc(o)- -ine 2
- (biochemistry) A nonessential amino acid, amino-acetic acid, C2H5NO2 found in most proteins but especially in sugar cane; the simplest amino acid.
Ancient Greek γλυκύς (glukús, “sweet”) + -ine