a type of organic acid, commonly used in skin-care preparations, that has a hydroxyl group attached to the carbon atom next to the carbon atom carrying the carboxyl group
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Medicine definitions for alpha-hydroxy acid
[ ăl′fə-hī-drŏk′sē ]
Any of various fruit acids with the capacity to trap moisture in the skin and initiate formation of collagen.
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