Meaning of thioctic acid

thi•oc'tic ac'id

Pronunciation: (thī-ok'tik), [key]
  1. an organic acid, CHOS, that occurs as a coenzyme in hydrogen transfer reactions in certain plants, microorganisms, and animals and functions as a growth factor for many species of bacteria and protozoa.
  2. a preparation of thioctic acid used to treat liver disease and poisoning from amanita mushrooms.
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