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phenylacetic acid

noun, Chemistry.
a white crystalline, aromatic acid, C 8 H 8 O 2 , used in the manufacture of penicillin and in perfumes.
Origin of phenylacetic acid
First recorded in 1875-80; phenyl + acetic acid Unabridged
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phenylacetic acid in Medicine

phenylacetic acid phen·yl·a·ce·tic acid (fěn'əl-ə-sē'tĭk, fē'nəl-)
An abnormal product of phenylalanine catabolism that appears in the urine in phenylketonuria.

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