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Glutamic acid

Synonym(s)

  • Glu
  • glutamic acid (substance)
  • L-glutamic acid
  • (S)-2-aminopentanedioic acid

Definition(s)

A non-essential amino acid naturally occurring in the L-form. Glutamic acid is the most common excitatory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system.

Definition from: MeSH via Unified Medical Language SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the National Library of Medicine

Amino acid with side chain -CH2CH2COOH.

Definition from: NCI via Unified Medical Language SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the National Library of Medicine

One of twenty amino acids (molecules that join together to form proteins). Glutamic acid may help nerve cells send and receive information from other cells.

Definition from: NCI via Unified Medical Language SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the National Library of Medicine

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: April 28, 2015