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homogentisic acid

Pronunciation: ho'mo-jen-tis'ik as'id

Definition: an intermediate in l-phenylalanine and l-tyrosine catabolism; if made alkaline, it oxidizes rapidly in air to a quinone that polymerizes to a melaninlike material; elevated levels are observed in patients with alcaptonuria.

Synonym(s): alcapton, alkapton

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