Carnitine meaning

kär'nĭ-tēn'
A betaine commonly occurring in the liver and in skeletal muscle that functions in fatty acid transport across mitochondrial membranes.
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A compound that functions in fatty acid metabolism by transporting fatty acids into mitochondria for energy production. It is naturally produced in the body and is present in many animal products, especially red meat. It is also sold as a dietary supplement for its purported health benefits.
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A betaine commonly occurring in the liver and in skeletal muscle that is essential for fatty acid transport across mitochondrial membranes. Chemical formula: C7H15NO3.
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(organic chemistry) A betaine 3-hydroxy-4-trimethylammonio-butanoate that occurs in the liver and has a function in fatty acid transport.
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Origin of carnitine

  • German Karnitin from Karnin a basic substance derived from meat from Latin carō carn- flesh carnal
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition