a glucoside, C14H17NO6, that occurs in plants yielding indigo and from which indigo is obtained.
Biochemistry. indoxyl potassium sulfate, C8H6NO4SK, a component of urine.
Origin of indican
< Latin indic(um
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a compound secreted in the urine, usually in the form of its potassium salt; indoxylsulphuric acid. Formula: C 8 H 6 NOSO 2 OH
Word Origin for indican
C19: from Latin indicum indigo + -an
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A potassium salt found in sweat and urine and formed by the conversion of tryptophan to indole by intestinal bacteria.
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