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chenodeoxycholic acid

Pronunciation: kē′nō-dē-oks′ē-kō′lik as′id

Definition: 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.

Synonym(s): chenodiol

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