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Uric acid

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Uric acid (C5H4N4O3) in humans and higher primates is the final oxidation (breakdown) product of purine metabolism and is excreted in urine. In most other mammals, the enzyme uricase further oxidizes uric acid to allantoin. In birds and reptiles, and in some desert dwelling mammals (e.g., the kangaroo rat), uric acid also is the end-product of purine metabolism, but it is excreted in feces as a dry mass. [Source = adapted from Wikipedia]

Preferred Units: grams per litre

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Alternative unit: milligrams per litre

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Organic acids
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Uric acid-nitrogen

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