taurocholic acidtau·ro·cho·lic acid
a colorless, crystalline acid, NCHOS, that occurs in the bile of mammals as the sodium salt and promotes the intestinal absorption of lipids, as cholesterol
Origin of taurocholic acidfrom taurine + chol(o)- + -ic
A conjugate of taurine and cholic acid, C26H45NO7S, whose sodium salt is a component of bile.
Origin of taurocholic acidGreek tauros bull (from its having been obtained first from ox bile) ; see tauro- in Indo-European roots. cholic acid