Definition of uric acid in English:

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uric acid

Pronunciation: /ˌyo͝orik ˈasəd/

noun

Biochemistry
An almost insoluble compound that is a breakdown product of nitrogenous metabolism. It is the main excretory product in birds, reptiles, and insects.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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Syllabification: u·ric ac·id

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