thioctic acid

thioctic acid

[thahy-ok-tik]
noun
1.
Biochemistry. an organic acid, C 8 H 14 O 2 S 2 , that occurs as a coenzyme in hydrogen transfer reactions in certain plants, microorganisms, and animals and functions as a growth factor for many species of bacteria and protozoa.
2.
Pharmacology. a preparation of thioctic acid used to treat liver disease and poisoning from amanita mushrooms.

Origin:
thi- + oct- + -ic

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