Definition of hippuric acid in English:

hippuric acid

Line breaks: hip|pur¦ic acid
Pronunciation: /hɪˈpjʊərɪk


[mass noun] Biochemistry
  • A compound formed in metabolism and present in the urine of herbivores and other mammals.
    • A benzoyl derivative of glycine; chemical formula: C6H5CONHCH2COOH
    More example sentences
    • This led to the discovery of a natural metabolic process that combines sodium benzoate with glycine to produce hippuric acid.
    • For hippuric acid, we compared creatinine in urine and basic parameters of the two groups.
    • Urinary metabolites which have been measured include phenol (benzene metabolite), trichloroacetic acid, hippuric acid, and methyl hippuric acid (xylene).


mid 19th century: hippuric from Greek hippos 'horse' + ouron 'urine' + -ic.

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