[in-di-kuh n]


a glucoside, C14H17NO6, that occurs in plants yielding indigo and from which indigo is obtained.
Biochemistry. indoxyl potassium sulfate, C8H6NO4SK, a component of urine.

Nearby words

  1. indianism,
  2. indianola,
  3. indians, american,
  4. indic,
  5. indic.,
  6. indicanidrosis,
  7. indicant,
  8. indicanuria,
  9. indicate,
  10. indicated horsepower

Origin of indican

1855–60; < Latin indic(um) indigo + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for indican



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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Medicine definitions for indican




A potassium salt found in sweat and urine and formed by the conversion of tryptophan to indole by intestinal bacteria.

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