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A nonessential Amino acid found in Gelatin, Animal glue, silk Fibroin and sugarcane. Glycine acts as an inhibitor in neurotransmission.

Synonyms and Related Terms

GLY; aminoacetic acid; aminoethanoic acid; glycocoll

Chemical structure


Other Properties

Soluble in water with pH 4.0 (0.2 M solution)

Insoluble in ethanol and ether.

Composition C2H5NO2
CAS 56-40-6
Melting Point 232-236 (dec)
Density 1.1607
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 75.07

Hazards and Safety

Mallinckrodt Baker: MSDS

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Thomas Gregory, The Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Reinhold Publishing, New York, 3rd ed., 1942
  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 4500

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