a white, crystalline nonessential amino acid, CHOHCHCH(NH)COOH, formed by the decomposition of proteins, as in the putrefaction of cheese
Origin of tyrosineClassical Greek tyros, cheese (see butter) + -ine
A nonessential amino acid, C9H11NO3, that is produced in the body from phenylalanine and is a precursor of melanin and of several neurotransmitters and hormones, such as epinephrine and thyroxine.
Origin of tyrosineGreek tūros cheese ; see teuə- in Indo-European roots. -ine 2
(countable and uncountable, plural tyrosines)
Ancient Greek [script?] cheese.