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a liver enzyme that converts arginine to urea.

arginase ar·gi·nase (är’jə-nās’, -nāz)
An enzyme found primarily in the liver that catalyzes the hydrolysis of arginine to urea and ornithine.


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  • Argininosuccinicaciduria

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  • Argininosuccinic acid

    argininosuccinic acid argininosuccinic acid ar·gi·ni·no·suc·cin·ic acid (är’jə-nĭ-nō-sək-sĭn’ĭk, är’jə-nē’-) n. An acid formed as an intermediate during the urea cycle in a reaction involving aspartic acid and adenosine triphosphate.

  • Argive

    of or relating to . . a native of . a . Historical Examples And he wrote a book in which he took away the palm of beauty from Argive Helen and handed it to poor Penelope. Ulysses James Joyce Let him also choose twenty Trojan women, who may be fairest next to Argive Helen. […]

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