Definitions for alanineˈæl əˌnin, -nɪn
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
al•a•nineˈæl əˌnin, -nɪn(n.)
any of several isomers of a colorless, crystalline, water-soluble amino acid, CH3CH(NH2)COOH, found in many proteins and produced synthetically: used chiefly in biochemical research.
Ref: Abbr.: Ala; 4; Symbol: A 4
Origin of alanine:
1860–65; al (dehyde ) +-an- (arbitrarily inserted) + -ine2
a crystalline amino acid that occurs in many proteins
A nonessential amino acid 2-aminopropanoic acid found in most animal proteins
Potatoes can be a good source of alanine.
A specific residue, molecule, or isomer of this amino acid
Two alanines are replaced by prolines.
a white crystalline base, C3H7NO2, derived from aldehyde ammonia
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A non-essential amino acid that occurs in high levels in its free state in plasma. It is produced from pyruvate by transamination. It is involved in sugar and acid metabolism, increases IMMUNITY, and provides energy for muscle tissue, BRAIN, and the CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM.