Taurocholic Acid

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taurocholic acid

[¦tȯr·ə¦kȯl·ik ′as·əd]
(biochemistry)
C26H45NO7S A common bile acid with a five-carbon chain; it is the product of the conjugation of taurine with cholic acid; crystallizes from an alcohol ether solution, and decomposes at about 125°C. Also known as cholaic acid; cholytaurine.
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Taurocholic Acid

 

one of the conjugate bile acids; a product of the conjugation of cholic acid with taurine. It is formed in the liver of animals and man and released with bile into the intestine. It participates in fat metabolism, facilitating the emulsifiction of fats and activating the enzyme lipase, thereby promoting the digestion and absorption of fats.

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