Definition of uric acid in English:

uric acid

Syllabification: u·ric ac·id
Pronunciation: /ˌyo͝orik ˈasid


  • An almost insoluble compound that is a breakdown product of nitrogenous metabolism. It is the main excretory product in birds, reptiles, and insects.
    • A bicyclic acid derived from purine; chemical formula: C5H4N4O3
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    • Continue to stay away from alcohol and coffee, because they accelerate the breakdown of protein into uric acid.
    • Additionally, there is an elevation in blood glucose and uric acid production.
    • The waste products of protein metabolism are urea and to a lesser extent uric acid and creatinine.


early 19th century: uric from French urique, from urine (see urine).

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