taurocholic acid


tau·​ro·​cho·​lic acid ˌtȯr-ə-ˈkō-lik- How to pronounce taurocholic acid (audio)
: a bile acid C26H45NO7S derived from cholic acid and taurine and occurring as the sodium salt in the bile especially of carnivores

Word History


Latin taurus + International Scientific Vocabulary -o- + cholic (acid)

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of taurocholic acid was in 1857

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“Taurocholic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taurocholic%20acid. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

taurocholic acid

tau·​ro·​cho·​lic acid ˌtȯr-ə-ˌkō-lik- How to pronounce taurocholic acid (audio) -ˌkäl-ik- How to pronounce taurocholic acid (audio)
: a deliquescent acid occurring in the form of its sodium salt C26H44NNaO7S in the bile of humans, the ox, and various carnivores
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