chenodeoxycholic acid

noun
che·​no·​de·​ox·​y·​cho·​lic acid | \ ˌkē-(ˌ)nō-ˌdē-ˌäk-si-ˌkō-lik- How to pronounce chenodeoxycholic acid (audio) , -ˌkäl-ik- How to pronounce chenodeoxycholic acid (audio) \
variants: or chenodesoxycholic acid \ -​ˌdez-​ˌäk-​ How to pronounce chenodeoxycholic acid (audio) \

Medical Definition of chenodeoxycholic acid

: a bile acid C24H40O4 that is usually found conjugated with glycine or taurine in various vertebrates (as hens, geese, hogs, and bears) including humans, that facilitates fat absorption and cholesterol excretion, and that is used to dissolve gallstones which are not calcified

Note: Chenodeoxycholic acid is often called chenodiol when it is used as a drug to dissolve gallstones.

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“Chenodeoxycholic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/chenodeoxycholic%20acid. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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