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 for Indican
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Indican \In"di*can\, n. [See Indigo.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. (Chem.) A glucoside ({C14H17NO6) obtained from woad
        (indigo plant, Isatis Tinctoria) and other plants (see
        indigo), as a yellow or light brown sirup. When purified
        it is obtained as spear-shaped crystals. It has a nauseous
        bitter taste. By the action of acids, enzymes, etc., it
        breaks down into sugar and indigo. It is the source of
        natural indigo. Chemically it is the 3-glucoside of
        indole, H-indol-3-yl-[beta]-D-glucopyranoside.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
  
     2. (Physiol. Chem.) An indigo-forming substance, found in
        urine, and other animal fluids, and convertible into red
        and blue indigo (urrhodin and uroglaucin). Chemically, it
        is indoxyl sulphate of potash, C8H6NSO4K, and is derived
        from the indol formed in the alimentary canal. Called also
        uroxanthin.
        [1913 Webster]

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