Definition of uronic acid in English:

uronic acid


  • Any of a class of compounds which are derived from sugars by oxidizing a —CH₂OH group to an acid group (—COOH).

    ‘Ascorbic acid is more commonly known as vitamin C. Ascorbic acid is derived from glucose via the uronic acid pathway.’
    • ‘Because differences in tolerance might relate to differences in detoxification, we also measured the excretion of uronic acids (principally glucuronic acid), the most important conjugation metabolites in mammals.’
    • ‘Readily soluble in water, these polysaccharides contain various sugar moieties, uronic acid, and less than five-percent protein by weight.’
    • ‘Since cell walls contain high concentrations of uronic acids, cations are accumulated within cell walls while mobile anions are excluded.’
    • ‘To account for one of the most important modes of detoxification in mammals, we measured uronic acid conjugates (principally glucuronic acid) in urine of woodrats from both populations.’


uronic acid

/yo͝oˌränik ˈasəd/ /jʊˌrɑnɪk ˈæsəd/


1920s uronic from uro-‘urine’ + -ic, with the insertion of -n-.