One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An acid formed by the combination of taurine with cholic acid, occurring in bile.
- ‘It involves use of taurocholic acid and its salts as enhancers for calcitonin containing pharmaceutical compositions.’
- ‘Glycocholic acid and unconjugated cholic acid were equally effective as taurocholic acid in suppressing cholesterol 7 alpha-hydroxylase mRNA.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek tauros ‘bull’ + kholē ‘bile’ + -ic.
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