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ursodiol

noun ur·so·di·ol \ ˌər-sō-ˈdī-ˌȯl , -ˌōl \

medical Definition of ursodiol

:a bile acid C24H40O4 stereoisomeric with chenodeoxycholic acid that is taken orally to dissolve uncalcified radiolucent gallstones and to treat primary biliary cirrhosis
  • Oral dissolution therapy with ursodiol (ursodeoxycholic acid) administered orally for 6 to 12 months results in the dissolution of 60% to 90% of susceptible stones.
  • —Aijaz Ahmed et al.WebMD Scientific American MedicineDecember 2002
called also ursodeoxycholic acid

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