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Definition of Ornithine

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Ornithine: An amino acid that is not found in protein but is important in the formation of urea and the disposal of excess nitrogen. Ornithine is produced when urea is split off from arginine and ornithine is itself converted into citrulline.

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