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uric acid

Pronunciation: yur'ik as'id

Definition: white crystals, poorly soluble, contained in solution in the urine of mammals and in solid form in the urine of birds and reptiles; sometimes solidified in small masses as stones or crystals or in larger concretions as calculi; with sodium and other bases it forms urates; elevated levels associated with gout.

Synonym(s): lithic acid, triketopurine

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