- 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
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Potassium indoxyl sulphate, or indican, is derived from indol.
Intestinal obstruction gives the largest amounts of indican.
Simple constipation and diseases of the large intestine alone do not increase the amount of indican.
Indican is readily extracted from the leaves of various species of indigo plants.
The blue dye, indigo, is derived from a glucoside of an entirely different type, known as 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
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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