<physiology> Obtained from the urine of horses; as, hippuric acid. Hippuric acid, a white crystalline substance, containing nitrogen, present in the urine of herbivorous animals, and in small quantity in human urine. By the action of acids, it is decomposed into benzoic acid and glycocoll.
Origin: Gr. Horse + rine: cf. F. Hippurique.
(01 Mar 1998)
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