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chloroacetic acid

noun
1.
a colorless, crystalline, deliquescent, water-soluble powder, C 2 H 3 ClO 2 , usually derived from acetic acid by chlorination: used chiefly in the manufacture of dyes and other organic compounds.
Also called monochloroacetic acid.
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chloroacetic acid

/ˌklɔːrəʊəˈsiːtɪk/
noun
1.
a colourless crystalline soluble strong acid prepared by chlorinating acetic acid and used as an intermediate in the manufacture of many chemicals; monochloracetic acid. Formula: CH2ClCOOH
2.
either of two related compounds: dichloracetic acid, CHCl2COOH, or trichloracetic acid CCl3COOH
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