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uric acid

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uric acid
The final product of nitrogenous excretion in animals that require to conserve water, such as terrestrial insects, or have limited storage space, such as birds and their eggs. Uric acid has very low water-solubility, and crystals may be deposited in, for example, butterflies\' wings to impart iridescence. See also tophus.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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  • uric acid — uric acid, adj. 1. Biochem. a compound, C5H4N4O3, present in mammalian urine in small amounts, and the principal nitrogenous component of the excrement of reptiles and birds, that in the form of its salts occurs in the joints in gout and as the… …   Universalium

  • Uric acid — Uric U ric, a. [Gr. ? urine: cf. F. urique. See {Urine}.] (Physiol. Chem.) Of or pertaining to urine; obtained from urine; as, uric acid. [1913 Webster] {Uric acid}, a crystalline body, present in small quantity in the urine of man and most… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • uric acid — uric acid. См. мочевая кислота. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • Uric acid — chembox Name = Uric acid ImageFileL1 = Uric acid.png ImageSizeL1 = 150px ImageFileR1 = Uric acid3D.png ImageSizeR1 = 120px IUPACName = 7,9 dihydro 1H purine 2,6,8(3H) trione OtherNames = 2,6,8 Trioxypurine Section1 = Chembox Identifiers EINECS =… …   Wikipedia

  • uric acid — noun a white tasteless odorless crystalline product of protein metabolism; found in the blood and urine • Hypernyms: ↑acid * * * noun : a white odorless tasteless nearly insoluble dibasic acid C5H4N4O3 that is present in small quantity in the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Uric acid — A breakdown product of purines that are part of many foods. In gout, there are frequently, but not always, elevated levels of uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia). However, only a small portion of those with hyperuricemia will develop gout. * * …   Medical dictionary

  • uric acid — a nitrogen containing organic acid that is the end product of nucleic acid metabolism and is a component of the urine. Crystals of uric acid are deposited in the joints of people suffering from gout …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • uric acid — noun Date: 1800 a white odorless and tasteless nearly insoluble acid C5H4N4O3 that is the chief nitrogenous waste present in the urine especially of lower vertebrates (as birds and reptiles), is present in small quantity in human urine, and… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • uric acid — A nitrogenous waste product, more complex and usually formed in smaller amounts than urea …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • uric acid — noun a bicyclic heterocyclic phenolic compound, formed in the body by the metabolism of protein and excreted in the urine (or in avian faeces) See Also: urate …   Wiktionary