Definition of indican in English:


Syllabification: in·di·can
Pronunciation: /ˈindiˌkan


  • A potassium salt present in urine, in which it occurs as a product of the metabolism of indole.
    • Alternative name: potassium indoxylsulphate; chemical formula C8H6NOSO2OH
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    • We have studied the effect of indican on six commercial procedures for the measurement of total bilirubin in serum.
    • It has been suggested that up to a half of elderly hospitalized patients excrete an abnormally high concentration of indican compared with young individuals.


mid 19th century: from Latin indicum 'indigo' (because of its early use denoting an indoxyl glucoside occurring in the leaves of indigo plants) + -an.

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