Definition of indican in English:

indican

noun

mass nounBiochemistry
  • A potassium salt present in urine, in which it occurs as a product of the metabolism of indole.

    Alternative name: potassium indoxylsulphate; chemical formula C₈H₆NOSO₂OH

    • ‘It has been suggested that up to a half of elderly hospitalized patients excrete an abnormally high concentration of indican compared with young individuals.’
    • ‘We have studied the effect of indican on six commercial procedures for the measurement of total bilirubin in serum.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Latin indicum ‘indigo’ (because of its early use denoting an indoxyl glucoside occurring in the leaves of indigo plants) + -an.

Pronunciation

indican

/ˈɪndɪkan/