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carboxylic acid

noun

, Chemistry.
  1. any organic acid containing one or more carboxyl groups.


carboxylic acid

/ ˌkɑːbɒkˈsɪlɪk /

noun

  1. any of a class of organic acids containing the carboxyl group See also fatty acid


carboxylic acid

/ kär′bŏk-sĭlĭk /

  1. An organic acid containing one or more carboxyl groups. Carboxylic acids often have names ending in –oic acid, such as benzoic acid. Amino acids, fatty acids, and many other important organic compounds are carboxylic acids.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of carboxylic acid1

First recorded in 1900–05; carboxyl + -ic

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Example Sentences

Potassium permanganate oxidizes it first to methylfurazane-carboxylic acid and then to furazanedicarboxylic acid.

Oxycinnolin carboxylic acid on heating gives oxycinnolin, melting at 225, which with phosphorus pentachloride gives chlorcinnolin.

It is apparently a tropidine monocarboxylic acid, for on exhaustive methylation it yields cycloheptatriene-135-carboxylic acid-7.

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