- an organic acid containing both a carboxyl and a hydroxyl group.
- any of a class of organic acids containing a hydroxyl group and showing properties of both an alcohol and an acid.
Origin of hydroxy acid
First recorded in 1895–1900
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- any acid, such as sulphuric acid, containing hydroxyl groups in its molecules
- any of a class of carboxylic acids that contain both a hydroxyl group and a carboxyl group in their molecules
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