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phthalic acid

noun
1.
Chemistry. any of three isomeric acids having the formula C 8 H 6 O 4 , especially the ortho isomer (orthophthalic acid) a colorless, crystalline, slightly water-soluble solid used chiefly in the manufacture of dyes, medicine, and perfume.
Origin of phthalic acid
1855-1860
First recorded in 1855-60
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  • Dilute nitric acid oxidizes it to phthalic acid, and sodium reduces it in alcoholic solution to hydrindene, C9H10.

  • phthalic acid, which was discovered in 1836 by Laurent, is a product of the oxidation of many benzenoid compounds.

    Coal Raphael Meldola
British Dictionary definitions for phthalic acid

phthalic acid

/ˈθælɪk; ˈfθæl-/
noun
1.
a soluble colourless crystalline acid used in the synthesis of dyes and perfumes; 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid. Formula: C6H4(COOH)2
Word Origin
C19 phthalic, from phthal- (see phthalein) +-ic
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phthalic acid in Medicine

phthalic acid n.
A colorless crystalline organic acid prepared from naphthalene and used in the synthesis of dyes and other organic compounds.

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phthalic acid in Science
phthalic acid
  (thāl'ĭk, fthāl'-)   
A colorless, crystalline organic acid prepared from naphthalene and used in the synthesis of dyes, perfumes, and other organic compounds. Chemical formula: C8H6O4.
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