glucuronic acid

Definition / meaning of glucuronic acid

A form of a type of sugar called glucose that helps remove harmful substances from the body. Glucuronic acid and the harmful substance combine in the liver and then are passed in the urine. Glucuronic acid is also found in other substances in the body, such as cartilage and synovial fluid (fluid found in the joints).

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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