Literally meaning: “pertaining to silver”
Origin: Anc Greek
/áργυρος/argiros(=silver, white metal)
Arginine was isolated by Swiss chemist Ernst Schulze in 1886 from extracts of etiolated seedlings and by Hedin in 1895 by animal protein (horn). Finally its structure was not proven until 1910 by Sorenson. Schulze decided this name because of the silvery white appearance of the arginine nitrate.
1.Schultz E, Steiger E. Über das Arginin. 1886;11:43–65.
2.Hedin SG. Über die Bildung von Arginin aus Proteinkörper. 1895;21:155–168.
3. Sorensen SPL. Über die Synthese des -Arginins (α-amino-δ-guanidino--Valeriansaure) und der Isomeren δ-guanidino-α-amino-n-Valeriansaure). 1910;43:643–651.