One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An amino acid of the opine group, C₉H₁₈N₄O₄, found in the tissues of some cephalopods and lamellibranch molluscs and also synthesized by plant cells infected by certain strains of the crown gall pathogen Agrobacterium tumefaciens.
1920s; earliest use found in Chemical Abstracts. From octopus + -ine, after German Oktopin, so called on account of the compound being first found in octopus muscle.
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