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indican

 [in´dĭ-kan]
1. a substance formed by decomposition of tryptophan in the intestines and excreted in the urine.
2. a yellow indoxyl glycoside from indigo plants.

in·di·can

(in'di-kan),
1. Indoxyl β-d-glucoside from Indigofera species and Polygonium tinctorium; a source of indigo. Synonym(s): plant indican
2. 3-indoxylsulfuric acid, a substance found (as its salts) in sweat and in variable amounts in urine; indicative, when in quantity, of protein putrefaction in the intestine (indicanuria). Synonym(s): metabolic indican, uroxanthin

indican

(ĭn′dĭ-kăn′)
n.
1. A potassium salt, C8H6NO4SK, found in urine and formed by the conversion of tryptophan to indole by intestinal bacteria.
2. A glucoside, C14H17NO6, found in the indigo plant and used as a source for indigo dye.
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