Definitions for ornithineˈɔr nəˌθin
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an amino acid, H2N(CH2)3CH(NH2)COOH, obtained by the hydrolysis of arginine and occurring as an intermediate compound in the urea cycle of mammals.
Origin of ornithine:
1880–85; ornith(uric acid), secreted by birds + -ine2
an amino acid that does not occur in proteins but is important in the formation of urea
An amino acid, 2,5-diaminopentanoic acid, that is not present in protein, but is an intermediate in the biosynthesis of urea.
Ornithine is an amino acid that plays a role in the urea cycle. Ornithine is abnormally accumulated in the body in ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
An amino acid produced in the urea cycle by the splitting off of urea from arginine.
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