One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A compound formed in metabolism and present in the urine of herbivores and other mammals.
A benzoyl derivative of glycine; chemical formula: C₆H₅CONHCH₂COOH
- ‘This led to the discovery of a natural metabolic process that combines sodium benzoate with glycine to produce hippuric acid.’
- ‘Urinary metabolites which have been measured include phenol (benzene metabolite), trichloroacetic acid, hippuric acid, and methyl hippuric acid (xylene).’
- ‘For hippuric acid, we compared creatinine in urine and basic parameters of the two groups.’
- ‘We measured urinary hippuric acid by spectrophotometry in all subjects to prove exposure to toluene.’
Mid 19th century: hippuric from Greek hippos ‘horse’ + ouron ‘urine’ + -ic.
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