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homogentisic acid

[hoh-muh-jen-tis-ik, -tiz-, hoh-]
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noun
  1. an intermediate compound in the metabolism of tyrosine and of phenylalanine, found in excess in the blood and urine of persons affected with alkaptonuria.
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Origin of homogentisic acid

First recorded in 1890–95; homo- + gentisic acid
Also called alkapton.
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homogentisic acid

(hō′mō-jĕn-tĭzĭk)
n.
  1. An intermediate of the metabolic breakdown of tyrosine and phenylalanine; it occurs in the urine in cases of alkaptonuria.alkapton
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