[ in-di-kuh n ]
/ ˈɪn dɪ kən /


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

1855–60; < Latin indic(um) indigo + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for indican

/ (ˈɪndɪkən) /


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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Medical definitions for indican

[ ĭndĭ-kăn′ ]


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