indican definition by Webster's New World
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- a glucoside, CHNO, found in a natural state in the indigo plant: it is converted by water and oxygen into indigo
- an indigo-forming substance, CHNOSOOH, the potassium salt of which is present in animal urine
Origin: ; from Classical Latin indicum, indigo plush -an
indican definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- A potassium salt, C8H6NO4SK, found in sweat and urine and formed by the conversion of tryptophan to indole by intestinal bacteria.
- A glucoside, C14H17NO6, occurring in the indigo plant and used as a source for indigo dye.
Origin: Latin indicum, indigo; see indigo + -an2.
indican - Medical Definition
A potassium salt found in sweat and urine and formed by the conversion of tryptophan to indole by intestinal bacteria.