AskDefine | Define anserine

Dictionary Definition

anserine adj
1 of or resembling a goose
2 having or revealing stupidity; "ridiculous anserine behavior"; "a dopey answer"; "a dopey kid"; "some fool idea about rewriting authors' books" [syn: dopy, dopey, foolish, goosey, goosy, gooselike]

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English

Etymology

from Latin anser, "goose"

Adjective

  1. Pertaining to geese.

Extensive Definition

Anserine (beta-alanyl-N-methylhistidine) is a dipeptide found in the skeletal muscle and brain of mammals. It is an antioxidant and helps reduce fatigue. The pKa of the imidazole ring of histidine, when contained in anserine, is 7.04, making it an effective buffer at physiologic pH.

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anserine in German: Anserin
anserine in Polish: Anseryna
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