indican

noun
in·​di·​can | \ ˈin-də-ˌkan How to pronounce indican (audio) \

Definition of indican

1 : an indigo-forming substance C8H7NO4S found as a salt in urine and other animal fluids also : its potassium salt C8H6KNO4S
2 : a glucoside C14H17NO6 occurring especially in the indigo plant and being a source of natural indigo

First Known Use of indican

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for indican

Latin indicum indigo — more at indigo

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“Indican.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indican. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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indican

noun
in·​di·​can | \ ˈin-də-ˌkan How to pronounce indican (audio) \

Medical Definition of indican

1 : an indigo-forming substance C8H7NO4S found as a salt in urine and other animal fluids also : its potassium salt C8H6KNO4S
2 : a glucoside C14H17NO6 occurring especially in the indigo plant and being a source of natural indigo

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