uric acid n.
A semisolid compound that is a nitrogenous end product of protein and purine metabolism and is a nitrogenous component of urine.
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The chief nitrogen-containing waste product excreted in the urine of birds, insects, and most reptiles. It is produced by the breakdown of amino acids in the liver. Uric acid is also produced in small quantities in humans by the breakdown of purines, and elevated levels in the blood can lead to gout. Chemical formula: C5H4N4O3.