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Taurocholic acid, known also as cholaic acid, cholyltaurine, or acidum cholatauricum, is a deliquescent yellowish crystalline bile acid involved in the emulsification of fats. It occurs as a sodium salt in the bile of mammals. It is a conjugate of cholic acid with taurine. In medical use, it is administered as a cholagogue and cholerectic.
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Hydrolysis of taurocholic acid yields taurine, a nonessential amino acid.
For commercial use, taurocholic acid is manufactured from cattle bile, a byproduct of the meat-processing industry.
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