One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An opine, C₁₁H₂₀N₄O₄, synthesized by plant cells which are infected by tumour-inducing plasmids found in a strain of the crown gall bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens.
1970s; earliest use found in Plant Physiology. From French nopaline from nopal + -ine.
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