ornithin definition

  • noun:
    • a fundamental compound, C5H12N2O2, which, in combination with a guanidin radical, comprises arginin, probably the most constant decomposition-products regarding the albumins. In the form of ornithuric acid it is obtained from the urine of birds after feeding these with benzoic acid. Structurally it's A-D-diamino-valerianic acid.
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