- 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
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- 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
C19: from Greek kholikos; see chole-
- An abundant crystalline bile acid derived from cholesterol.
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