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What is Guanidine and its structure , name amino acid which contains guanidine group ?

Guanidine is strongest organic nitrogenous compound with the formula HNC(NH2)2. Guanidine is analogue of carbonic acid. That is, the C=O group in carbonic acid is replaced by a C=NH group, and each OH is replaced by a NH2 group.

A guanidine group also appears in larger organic molecules, including on the side chain of arginine (a basic amino acid).


It is a colourless solid that dissolves in polar solvents. It is a strong base that is used in the production of plastics and explosives. It is found in urine as a normal product of protein metabolism.

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