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Pronunciation: trans'am-i-na'shun

Definition: The reaction between an amino acid and an a-keto acid through which the amino group is transferred from the former to the latter; in certain cases the reaction may be between an amino acid and an aldehyde (glutamate with glutamate semialdehyde via ornithine transaminase).

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