Meaning of uric acid in English:

uric acid


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mass nounBiochemistry
  • An almost insoluble compound which is a breakdown product of nitrogenous metabolism. It is the main excretory product in birds, reptiles, and insects.

    A bicyclic acid derived from purine; chemical formula: C₅H₄N₄O₃

    ‘Continue to stay away from alcohol and coffee, because they accelerate the breakdown of protein into uric acid.’
    • ‘Additionally, there is an elevation in blood glucose and uric acid production.’
    • ‘The waste products of protein metabolism are urea and to a lesser extent uric acid and creatinine.’
    • ‘In a variety of birds, blood plasma uric acid concentrations were correlated with protein oxidation measured by excreted nitrogen.’
    • ‘One of the main functions of the kidneys is the removal from the body of waste products such as urea, uric acid, and creatinine.’
    • ‘In addition, uric acid, cholesterol and several mineral and vitamin concentrations were also evaluated.’
    • ‘In healthy birds, uric acid is excreted by the kidneys and is seen as the white material in their droppings.’
    • ‘The chief constituent of these wastes is urea, though ammonia, uric acid, creatinine, and a host of other waste products also are present.’
    • ‘Excess protein can help form uric acid, which can contribute to gout, and since it is stored as fat, it can contribute to obesity, heart diseases and other conditions.’
    • ‘Since then, I am supposed to be on a low protein, low uric acid, low oxalate diet.’
    • ‘This is a metabolic disorder whereby excess uric acid in the blood gets deposited in joints.’
    • ‘Although gout is associated in many people's minds with too much port and red meat, the commonest cause is a fault in the kidneys which results in a build-up of the waste product uric acid.’
    • ‘The increase in uric acid and urea, but not albumin, suggested that air pollution induced only a mild inflammatory reaction in urban, but not suburban, children.’
    • ‘It also showed that milk proteins increase the excretion or uric acid in the urine.’
    • ‘Birds lack a bladder, and they excrete uric acid in the form of solid white crystals, rather than urea in a water solution.’
    • ‘Patients receiving the two-drug regimen also had a complete blood count and measurement of uric acid and creatinine levels after one month of treatment.’
    • ‘Some causes of impaired excretion of uric acid are also known.’
    • ‘The article mentions that liver should not be had on a regular basis by those who are prone to gout because it is an excretory organ and high in uric acid.’
    • ‘Urate in blood plasma is a precursor of these uric acid crystals.’
    • ‘Compared with rats fed a control diet, those on the high-fructose diet experienced a rise in uric acid in the bloodstream and developed insulin resistance.’


Early 19th century uric from French urique, from urine (see urine).