<physiology> A white, crystalline, nitrogenous substance formed in the decomposition of albuminous matter by pancreatic digestion, by the action of boiling dilute sulphuric acid, and by putrefaction. It is also found as a constituent of various tissues and organs, as the spleen, pancreas, etc, and likewise in the vegetable kingdom. Chemically it is to be considered as amido-caproic acid.

Origin: Gr. White.

(01 Mar 1998)

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