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An acidic substance, later identified with homogentisic acid, which is excreted by people with alkaptonuria and causes their urine, left standing, to turn dark through oxidation.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Edmund Parkes (1819–1876), physician and hygienist. From German Alkapton, † Alcapton from al- (in Alkali) + ancient Greek κάπτον, neuter present participle of κάπτειν to swallow greedily; see quot. 1860 for the semantic motivation of the name.
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