from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A crystalline polyamine compound, C10H26N4, present in ribosomes and found widely in living tissues along with spermidine. It was originally isolated from semen.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A colorless crystalline basic compound, C10H26N4, found, in combination, in spermatic fluid and in the heart and liver of calves.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun organic chemistry A polyamine, N,N'-bis(3-aminopropyl) butane-1,4-diamine, originally extracted from sperm, that is involved in cellular metabolism


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  • MORRONE: It ` s still in a fluid state, but these two molecules called spermine and cadaverine, cadaverine is what ` s used to train cadaver dogs.

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  • MORRONE: You would find spermine and cadaverine in urine or other bodily fluids that might be secreted, because it ` s like a wine.

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