Definition of mimosine in US English:

mimosine

(also mimosin)

noun

Chemistry
  • An amino acid, C₅H₄O₂N·CH₂CH(NH₂)COOH, found in the tropical tree Leucaena leucocephala and in the sensitive plant Mimosa pudica (both of the family Mimosaceae (Leguminosae)).

Origin

1930s; earliest use found in British Chemical Abstracts. From German Mimosin from Mimosa + -in.

Pronunciation

mimosine

/mɪˈməʊsiːn/