Meaning of homocysteine in English:



mass nounBiochemistry
  • An amino acid which occurs in the body as an intermediate in the metabolism of methionine and cysteine.

    Chemical formula: HSCH₂CH₂CH(NH₂)COOH

    ‘Metabolism of homocysteine requires an adequate supply of folic acid.’
    • ‘It also lowers the levels of amino acid homocysteine which, when found in high levels in the bloodstream, is linked to an increased risk of heart disease.’
    • ‘Levels of homocysteine, the amino acid linked to heart disease, are also higher in smokers.’
    • ‘In some individuals, plasma levels of the amino acid homocysteine are abnormally high.’
    • ‘Studies suggest that raised levels of the amino acid homocysteine are associated with reduced brain performance.’



/ˌhɒmə(ʊ)ˈsɪstɪiːn/ /ˌhɒmə(ʊ)ˈsɪstiːn/