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nonproprietary drug name for the bile acid chenodeoxycholic acid; administered orally to dissolve radiolucent cholesterol gallstones; most are dissolved in one to two years of therapy.
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che·no·de·ox·y·cho·lic ac·id(kē'nō-dē-oks'ē-kō'lik as'id),
A major bile acid in many vertebrates, usually conjugated with glycine or taurine; it facilitates cholesterol excretion and fat absorption; administered to dissolve cholesterol gallstones.
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