Definition of homocysteine in English:

homocysteine

noun

Biochemistry
  • [mass noun] An amino acid which occurs in the body as an intermediate in the metabolism of methionine and cysteine.

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

Pronunciation:

homocysteine

/ˌhɒmə(ʊ)ˈsɪstɪiːn/