Pronunciation: (u-spär'tik), [key] Biochem.
a nonessential amino acid, C4H7NO4, produced by the hydrolysis of asparagine and proteins, found chiefly in young sugar cane and sugar-beet molasses, and used in the preparation of culture media and as a dietary supplement. Abbr.: Asp; Symbol: D Also called aminosuccinic acid.
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