from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A crystalline acid, C26H45NO7S, involved in the emulsification of fats and occurring as a sodium salt in the bile of humans, oxen, and other mammals.
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- n. A deliquescent yellowish crystalline bile acid involved in the emulsification of fats, a conjugate of cholic acid with taurine.
Greek tauros, bull (from its having been obtained first from ox bile); + cholic acid.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)