homogentisic acid

homogentisic acid

[hoh-muh-jen-tis-ik, -tiz-, hoh-]
noun
an intermediate compound in the metabolism of tyrosine and of phenylalanine, found in excess in the blood and urine of persons affected with alkaptonuria.
Also called alkapton.


Origin:
1890–95; homo- + gentisic acid

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homogentisic acid ho·mo·gen·tis·ic acid (hō'mō-jěn-tĭz'ĭk)
n.
An intermediate of the metabolic breakdown of tyrosine and phenylalanine; it occurs in the urine in cases of alkaptonuria. Also called alkapton.

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