cholic acid

[ koh-lik, kol-ik ]
/ ˈkoʊ lɪk, ˈkɒl ɪk /


Biochemistry. a bile acid, C24H40O5, related to the sex hormones and cholesterol.
the commercial form of this compound, obtained from beef bile, used chiefly in the manufacture of drugs and in research.

Origin of cholic acid

1840–50; < Greek cholikós bilious (chol(ḗ) bile + -ikos -ic); see chole- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cholic acid

cholic acid

/ (ˈkəʊlɪk) /


a crystalline insoluble acid present in bile: used as an emulsifying agent and an intermediate in the synthesis of organic compounds. Formula: C 24 H 40 O 5

Word Origin for cholic acid

C19: from Greek kholikos; see chole-
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Medicine definitions for cholic acid

cholic acid


An abundant crystalline bile acid derived from cholesterol.

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