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What Is Uric Acid?

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Updated April 28, 2013

Definition: Uric acid is a waste product normally present in the blood as a result of the breakdown of purines. Excessive amounts of uric acid can cause crystals to form in the joints and cause gout.

Pronunciation: u-rick as-sid
Common Misspellings: uricacid
Examples:
The patient has elevated uric acid levels in their blood.
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