Definition of uronic acid in English:

uronic acid

noun

Biochemistry
  • 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.’
    • ‘Since cell walls contain high concentrations of uronic acids, cations are accumulated within cell walls while mobile anions are excluded.’
    • ‘Readily soluble in water, these polysaccharides contain various sugar moieties, uronic acid, and less than five-percent protein by weight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

uronic acid

/jʊˈrɒnɪk/