cholic acid

cholic acid

[koh-lik, kol-ik]
noun
1.
Biochemistry. a bile acid, C 24 H 40 O 5 , related to the sex hormones and cholesterol.
2.
the commercial form of this compound, obtained from beef bile, used chiefly in the manufacture of drugs and in research.

Origin:
1840–50; < Greek cholikós bilious (chol() bile + -ikos -ic); see chole-

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cholic acid (ˈkəʊlɪk)
 
n
a crystalline insoluble acid present in bile: used as an emulsifying agent and an intermediate in the synthesis of organic compounds. Formula: C24H40O5
 
[C19: from Greek kholikos; see chole-]

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cholic acid n.
An abundant crystalline bile acid derived from cholesterol.

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